Multiple polls have indicated that socialism continues to gain support in the United States, especially among younger generations and political liberals.
A Harris Poll from March 2019 found that nearly half of millennials and Generation Z Americans said they would prefer to live in a socialist country.
A Gallup poll from May of last year found that 43% of Americans believed socialism would be a “good thing” for the country, well above the 25% reported back in 1942.
Last October, a YouGov–Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation poll found greater support for socialism among millennials and Generation Z than Generation X and Baby Boomers.
According to that poll, 70% of millennial respondents said they were either somewhat or extremely likely to vote for a socialist presidential candidate, with 51% of the same generation having a negative view of capitalism.
In February, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll reported that while the socialism label remained unpopular among the general population, it found popularity among self-identified Democrats.
The NPR poll found that 50% of Democrats rated socialism favorably, versus 46% of them who rated capitalism favorably, with the findings also noting increased support for socialism among younger respondents.
Commonly defined as advocating for collective or state-sponsored control of production and distribution of goods, socialism has also garnered a great deal of election-year attention from the political right.
The Conservative Political Action Conference, the largest annual gathering of conservatives in America, made their theme for this year, “America vs. Socialism.”
President Donald Trump also invoked anti-socialism rhetoric, denouncing the economic theory in his 2019 State of the Union speech.
“Here in the United States, we are alarmed by the new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” he said at the time. “America was founded on liberty and independence and not government coercion, domination and control. We are born free and we will stay free.”
The rhetoric has also been part of the Trump reelection campaign, with his campaign site including such declarations as “NEVER SOCIALISM.”
Notable apologist Alex McFarland told The Christian Post that he felt the need to address socialism more in his work because he has seen “the growing interest in socialism among young people.”
“I hear and see about it so much, just almost every day, and not only among teens and 20-somethings that I talk to and dialogue with, but among concerned parents, concerned ministers, concerned educators,” McFarland said.
Matt Slick of the Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry also said he’s seeing a rising interest in socialism among those he engages with on apologetics.
“Yes, I have seen a definite increase in the topic of socialism from Christians. I have a call-in radio show where people ask me questions. I’ve noticed a definite increase in inquiries regarding socialism,” Slick said.
Kerby Anderson, host of the “Point of View” radio talk show, told C.P. that he’s had multiple guests talk about socialism and has witnessed what the polls indicate about socialism and young people.
“For years, we have documented the fact that the younger you are, the more likely you are to believe socialism is better than capitalism,” Anderson said.
Should Christian apologists and apologetic groups make a greater effort to tackle the issue of socialism? Are socialism and Christianity fundamentally incompatible?
The Christian Post interviewed multiple apologists on that question, and asked a scholar about the relationship between American Christianity and socialism, to analyze the issues.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski