Just 42% of millennials hold a favorable view of capitalism, and nearly one-third of younger Americans believe more people were killed under George W. Bush than perished under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, according a poll published Monday.
The survey, conducted by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, revealed a stark gap in attitudes about socialism and communism between millennials and older generations.
About two-thirds of Americans over the age of 65 reported having a favorable view of capitalism, whereas just 42% of millennials said the same.
A slim majority of millennials, just 55% said they believe communism was and remains a problem in the world today, compared to 80% of baby boomers, and 91% of the World War II generation.
Nearly half of Americans between the ages of 16 and 20 said they would vote for a socialist, while 21% said they would vote for a communist candidate.
The survey also revealed a startling historical ignorance among younger generations of Americans. Fewer than half of millennials expressed a familiarity with notorious communist figures such as Mao Zedong (42%), Che Guevara (40%), and Vladimir Lenin (33%). A quarter of those expressing familiarity with Lenin said that had a favorable opinion of the Soviet leader.
Perhaps the most shocking result in the survey is the 32% of millennials who said they believed George W. Bush was responsible for more deaths than Joseph Stalin, who is estimated to have killed tens of millions during his time in power.
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