Bernie Sanders and his campaign platform have brought the convoluted and taboo topic of Socialism to the forefront. It brings to mind an important question that seems to have been answered in the Iowa caucus: Is America ready for a socialist president?
All signs point to yes, but it might surprise some to know that it’s really the young voters that are backing Sanders up on his socialist ideas. While some might think that his supporters look past his socialist tendencies, it turns out that it actually may be the reason so many are excited about his campaign.
In a recent survey, conducted by YouGov, respondents were asked whether they had a “favorable or unfavorable opinion” of socialism and then of capitalism.
While the majority of the entire public has a negative view of socialism, it turns out that the majority of young voters—specifically those between the ages of 18 and 29—have a fairly positive view of it, especially compared to capitalism.
“Positive views towards socialism remain a minority opinion, but among 18 to 29-year-olds the split has gone from 36% favorable and 31% unfavorable in May 2015 to 43% favorable and 26% unfavorable today,” YouGov reported.
This trend does not translate across the entire Democratic Party.
YouGov reports, “Views among Democrats have not changed much either, though Americans who identity with the party have more favorable than unfavorable opinions of socialism by 42% to 34%. 24% are unsure. The percentage with unfavorable opinions has actually increased by 11 points since a survey that was conducted in October.”
Still, according to Merriam Webster, “socialism” was the most frequently searched-for word in 2015, and U.S. Uncut reports that many experts believe that it his campaign that has likely pushed the numbers in favor of socialism so much higher.
Could this mean that America really is preparing for an entirely new kind of revolution?
Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure: numbers don’t lie, and these numbers in particular paint a very interesting picture.
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