40 Percent of Americans Favor Socialism

Study finds young Americans leading leftward shift

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October 21, 2020

Forty percent of Americans now hold a favorable view of socialism, a Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation report, released Wednesday, found.

The foundation's annual report shows that younger Americans have led the United States' leftward push, responding with higher rates of support for socialism and communism than older generations.

Thirty-eight percent of Gen Z respondents said they hope Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden "pursues socialist policies" if elected in November. Thirty percent of the same age group view Marxism favorably. 

"When one-in-four Americans want to eliminate capitalism and embrace socialism, we know that we have failed to educate about the historical and moral failings of these ideologies," foundation executive director Marion Smith said in a statement. 

While support for socialism continues to grow, patriotism among young adults has fallen. A June Gallup poll found that only 20 percent of adults between ages 18 and 29 were "extremely proud to be an American," the lowest percentage among any age demographic.

The Gallup data marked the sixth year of decline in American pride across all demographics. 

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