Millennials prefer socialism “until they get jobs”

Unlike any other generation, the majority of millennials have a favorable view of socialism. In a column for The Washington Post, Emily Ekins of the Cato Institute claimed “millennials like socialism — until they get jobs,” suggesting that young voters prefer socialism because they don’t fully understand it.

The reason so many young people support Sen. Bernie Sanders for president could actually be because he identifies himself as a “democratic socialist.” A December Harvard IOP poll showed the “socialist” label either made no difference, or made young voters more likely to support Sanders. Ekins also pointed to a Reason-Rupe poll, which showed 53 percent of Americans under 30 have a favorable view of socialism. Results from Gallup, which Ekins called “astounding,” showed 69 percent were willing to vote for a socialist candidate for president.

And yet, millennials don’t like what socialism actually is: government ownership of production, or government running businesses. Like other generations, they prefer a free-market economic system, especially as they get older and begin to earn more money. A wide margin, 64-to-32 percent, favored a free-market system when it was explained to them.

Last month, Frank Luntz polled younger millennials, ages 18-26, and had them describe problems with the country, in one word. While words like “corruption,” “greed,” and “inequality” topped the list, so did “government,” coming in at 26 percent.

Ekins suggested that, to millennials, socialism means an expansion of social welfare programs. Fifty-two percent of millennials favor big government that provides services. But, favoring “a Scandinavian social democracy” may not last. Again, people want to keep their money rather than see it redistributed.
 

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