Young Americans going gaga for socialism

By Cheryl Chumley

Youth in America are giving more favor to socialism and less to capitalism.

Ask youth and Democrats in America what they think of socialism and a growing number will answer in the positive, pointing to Norway, Sweden and self-declared socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders as their examples, a new survey showed.

YouGov conducted a survey of how Americans these days are viewing socialism, and the perception has greatly changed since Moscow Red Square military-parade days.

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In general, 52 percent of Americans say they have a favorable view of capitalism and 26 percent, a favorable perception of socialism. But those numbers change dramatically with the younger set.

For those in the under-30 range, “36 percent have a positive view of socialism, while 30 percent have a positive view of capitalism.”

The over-65 age range of those surveyed, meanwhile, maintained a negative view of socialism. Only 15 percent gave it the thumbs-up, while 59 percent favored capitalism, YouGov reported.

Another finding, YouGov said: “Democrats (43 percent) are also much more likely than either Independents (22 percent) or Republicans (9 percent) to have a favorable view of socialism. Democrats, in fact, are as likely to have a favorable view of capitalism (43 percent) as socialism. While only 9 percent of Republicans see socialism in a positive light, 79 percent have a good view of capitalism.”

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