Socialism isn’t a dirty word, as far as young Americans are concerned, according to a new survey.
Half (49.6 percent) of Millennials and Generation Z said they would prefer living in a socialist country, compared to 37.2 percent of all U.S. adults who feel the same way.
Nearly three-quarters (73.2 percent) of people age 38 and younger believe the government should provide universal health care, according to a Harris Poll of 2,035 adults conducted for Axios.
By comparison, 66.7 percent of all American adults want universal health care.
A majority (67.1 percent) of young people also want the government to provide tuition-free college, while just 56.2 percent of all U.S. adults feel that way.
Young people were also more likely to support abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (43.1 percent compared to 29.7 percent of all Americans).
Millennials and Generation Z were less likely than all U.S. adults to believe that the government should allow private insurance (78.9 percent compared to 86.5 percent).
The survey, conducted in February, suggests that the ideology of Democratic Socialism – touted by newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders – is gaining traction among the up-and-coming generations.
The political ideology has long carried a negative stigma in America, once calling to mind bread line rations and totalitarian rule in the Cold War-era Soviet Union.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Valerie Bauman