Poll Finds Millennial Democrats Identifying as Socialists

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A September 2018 poll of 1,006 randomly selected 22-37-year-olds found that nearly half of millennial Democrats identified as “socialist” or “democratic socialist,” The Hill reported.

The poll was conducted by Maru/Blue and Buzzfeed, and the millennials surveyed were all members of Maru/Blue’s online panel Springboard America. Among millennials who identified as Democrats, 48 percent said they would call themselves a democratic socialist or socialist, The Hill reported.

For comparison, among millennials who identified as Republicans, 24 percent would call themselves democratic socialist or socialist; while the figure was eleven percent for those who identified as independents.

Overall, 18 percent of the 1,006 millennials included in the Maru/Blue-Buzzfeed poll said they would call themselves democratic socialists, while eight percent identified as socialists, and five percent said they identified as either democratic socialist or socialist. (See the Maru/Blue poll, p. 5, question #11.)

The study reported a margin of error of three percentage points.

A previous survey, conducted in 2016 by Harvard’s Institute of Politics, found that 16 percent of millennials identified as socialists, while 33 percent expressed support for socialism. The Harvard study included 3,183 millennials between the ages of 18-29.

The DailyKos published a short article based on The Hill’s report.

Source: Avery Anapol, “Poll: Nearly Half of Millennial Democrats Identify as Socialist or Democratic Socialist,” The Hill, October 4, 2018, https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/409877-poll-nearly-half-of-millennial-democrats-identify-as-socialist-or.

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