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YouGov Poll: Millennial Majority Would Vote for Socialist

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By    |   Monday, 28 October 2019 01:49 PM

Young American voters are much more supportive of socialism than older generations, with more than two-thirds saying they would back a socialist candidate in a new poll.

The survey, conducted by YouGov and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, found millennials and Generation Z were much more likely to support a socialist candidate than Generation X, Baby Boomers, and the Silent Generation, who tended to prefer capitalist candidates.

  • Gen Z: 49% favorable toward capitalism, 64% would vote for socialist.
  • Millennials: 50% favor capitalism, 70% would vote for socialist.
  • Gen X: 58% favor capitalism, 44% would vote for socialist.
  • Boomers: 63% favor capitalism, 36% would vote for socialist.
  • Silent: 77% favor capitalism, 33% would vote for socialist.

The survey also found about half of millennials (50%) and Gen Z (51%) were unfavorable toward capitalism. That is an increase of 8 percentage points for millennials and 6 percentage points for Gen Z from last year.

Almost one-fifth of millennials (19%) and 12% of Gen Z said the Communist Manifesto "better guarantees freedom and equality for all" than the U.S. Declaration of Independence, compared to 2% of Baby Boomers and 5% of Gen X.

YouGov polled 2,100 U.S. residents: 303 Gen Z, 554 millennials, 494 Gen X, 587 Baby Boomers, and 162 members of the Silent Generation.

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With more than two-thirds saying they would back a socialist candidate, young American voters are much more supportive of socialism than older generations, according to the latest YouGov poll.
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