Nearly one in five millennials consider Joseph Stalin and Kim Jong Un “heroes,” according to a Thursday poll.
The poll demonstrated an increase in acceptance of socialism and communism among American millennials and was released by the Victims of Communism Memorial Fund.
One-half of millennials and one-third of Americans would prefer to reside in a socialist or communist nation instead of a capitalist democracy, according to the poll.
“One in five (23%) of Americans age 21-29 consider Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin a ‘hero’; 26% for Vladimir Lenin; 23% for Kim Jong Un,” the study notes. Furthermore, over one-fifth of millennials surveyed had a positive opinion of Karl Marx.
“Millennials are increasingly turning away from capitalism and toward socialism and even communism as a viable alternative,” said Marion Smith, Victims of Communism’s executive director, in the press release obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. “This troubling turn highlights widespread his
The study also found that 71 percent of millennials could not pinpoint communism’s definition and four-fifths of the generation did not know how many lives were lost as a result of the ideology. (RELATED: Watch This Communist-Loving American College Student Sing China’s Praises [VIDEO])
While 56 percent of baby boomers approved of capitalism compared with 26 percent who favored socialism, 39 percent of millennials surveyed had a positive impression of socialism and capitalism.
But while 53 percent of millennials polled believe America’s economy hindered them, two-thirds of the 16 to 20-year-old Generation Z members believe the nation’s economic system benefits them.
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