UPDATED 7:53 AM PT — Friday, April 5, 2019
Younger generations are more likely to be open to socialism, because they did not grow up under the threat of the Soviet Union. That’s according to Washington Post data analyst David Byler on Thursday.
Byler said younger voters today are more likely to associate socialism with Sweden than with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). His statement is backed up by a recent Gallup Poll, which found 51-percent of people between the ages of 18 and 29 have a positive view about socialism.
Republicans plan to run against the socialist agenda in 2020 despite this, because the ideology is not popular with the rest of America.
“And socialist goes badly…that label just doesn’t work well for the broader swath of Americans,” Byler stated. “I think that the socialist label, is something that Republicans are going to use to their advantage, because it is not a popular label.”
President Trump has made running against socialism a fundamental part of his reelection campaign.