#1 Young People More Likely To Favor Socialism Than Capitalism: Pew02-11-2013, 04:14 PM
Mon Feb 11, 2013, 01:48 PM
kpete (38,113 posts)
Young People More Likely To Favor Socialism Than Capitalism: Pew
The poll, published Wednesday, found that while Americans overall tend to oppose socialism by a strong margin -- 60 percent say they have a negative view of it, versus just 31 percent who say they have a positive view -- socialism has more fans than opponents among the 18-29 crowd. Forty-nine percent of people in that age bracket say they have a positive view of socialism; only 43 percent say they have a negative view.
And while those numbers aren't very far apart, it's noteworthy that they were reversed just 20 months ago, when Pew conducted a similar poll. In that survey, published May 2010, 43 percent of people age 18-29 said they had a positive view of socialism, and 49 percent said their opinion was negative.
It's not clear why young people have evidently begun to change their thinking on socialism. In the past several years, the poor economy has had any number of effects on young adults -- keeping them at home with their parents, making it difficult for them to get jobs, and likely depressing their earning potential for years to come -- that might have dampened enthusiasm for the free market among this crowd.
Indeed, the Pew poll also found that just 46 percent of people age 18-29 have positive views of capitalism, and 47 percent have negative views -- making this the only age group where support for socialism outweighs support for capitalism.
Kool Aid for everybody!I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
02-11-2013, 04:38 PM
Most 18 to 29 year olds are not fixed in their opinions. They change their opinions as they gain experience in the world.
Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.
We could say they are spending like drunken sailors. That would be unfair to drunken sailors, they're spending their OWN money.
02-11-2013, 08:18 PM
This isn't really news. That old adage about being a liberal until you're 30 then being a conservative...or whatever it is.
Besides, when you tell someone they can stay on their parents insurance until they are 26 why wouldn't they think socialism is such a great idea. No one is going to turn down free shit. The catch is that free shit is not sustainable. Everyone that pays for free shit knows this.Be Not Afraid.
02-11-2013, 09:34 PM
Raise voting age to 32!
02-12-2013, 03:20 PM
The segment of the population that pays the least for the non-contributory benefits it receives, and which up to this point in their lives has received the lion's share of said benefits with virtually no payback, likes things that way? Shocker.
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