- The Washington Times - Monday, October 28, 2019

Seven in 10 millennials would be at least somewhat likely to vote for a socialist candidate, and their views of communism and Marxism are increasingly positive, according to a survey released Monday.

At the same time, capitalism’s favorability rating among those in Generation Z and millennials is declining, dropping by 6 and 8 points respectively from 2018, according to the fourth annual Report on U.S. Attitudes Toward Socialism, Communism, and Collectivism.

“The historical amnesia about the dangers of communism and socialism is on full display in this year’s report,” said Marion Smith, executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, which sponsors the annual YouGov survey.

The culprit may be education. Gen Z and millennials surveyed were “much more likely to report communism being presented favorably in elementary/middle/high school and college” than those in Generation X, the Baby Boom and the Silent Generation.

“When we don’t educate our youngest generations about the historical truth of 100 million victims murdered at the hands of communist regimes over the past century, we shouldn’t be surprised at their willingness to embrace Marxist ideas,” Ms. Smith said in a statement. “We need to redouble our efforts to educate America’s youth about the history of communist regimes and the dangers of socialism today.”

Overall, capitalism was viewed more positively than socialism, communism and Marxism, with 58% holding a favorable view of the capitalist system, roughly the same as last year’s 61% favorability rating.

The younger generations had the least positive view of the term “capitalism,” with only half of millennials and Gen Z respondents giving it a favorable rating.

Interestingly, the favorability of “socialism” was down or steady across all generations except the oldest, the Silent Generation, which gave the term a 7-point uptick.

Half of the millennials surveyed said they would be “somewhat likely” to vote for a socialist candidate, and 20% said they were “extremely likely” to do so, doubling last year’s 10% figure.

“Communism” was viewed favorably by one in three millennials, up 8 points from 2018, and the mMillennial generation was also most likely to see “Marxism” in a positive light at 35%.

President Trump was viewed as “the biggest threat to world peace” by 27% of respondents, ahead of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at 22% and Russian President Vladimir Putin at 15%.

The survey of 2,100 Americans taken from Sept. 6-13 defined Gen Z as ages 16-22; millennials as 23-38; Gen X as 39-54; Baby Boomers as 55-73, and the Silent Generation as those 74 and older.

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