Today’s college students increasingly love socialism. That became evident when Democratic presidential candidate and admitted socialist Bernie Sanders won more votes from the under-30 crowd than candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton combined, according to a poll by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.
A YouGov poll at the beginning of 2016 did indeed show that 43% of young people under the age of 30 had a very or somewhat favorable view of socialism as opposed to 32% who felt the same way about capitalism. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Annual Report last year put the number of Americans under 35 in favor of socialism at 53%.
Both studies note the role Sanders played in opening Millennials up to accepting socialism as a viable alternative for America. Yet, it doesn’t seem like he taught them well what it is. Socialism, to many Bernie fans, is more like Sanderism.
That’s why the conservative watchdogs at CampusReform sent their reporters to a college in Washington, D.C. to ask pro-socialism students to actually define socialism. The results were both sad and hilarious:
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