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Poll: Almost 40% of College and University Undergraduates Nationwide Favor Socialism

Socialism is slowly rising amongst college youth.

Duane Paul Murphy

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A recent public opinion survey indicates that a sizeable amount of college and university undergraduates nationwide in the U.S. favor socialism over capitalism. A new poll conducted by College Pulse, a polling firm that surveys students in higher education, that surveyed more than 10,000 students in May 2019 shows that 4 in 10 students or 39% have a favorable or positive view of socialism than capitalism while 39% or 4 in 10 students have an unfavorable view of it and 18% have no opinion or are not sure.

When broken down by popular majors in liberal arts and sciences, undergraduate students majoring in the social sciences such as philosophy, anthropology, English, international relations, and sociology have higher favorable views of socialism. Undergraduates majoring in finance, economics, and accounting have higher unfavorable views of socialism.

Despite mixed views on the pluralist school of sociopolitical thought, Socialism, from democratic socialism to social democracy, continues to gradually rise across the country, especially amongst young people between the ages of 18 years to 35 years old. Many public polling experts and political experts have started accredited politicians such as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and New York City Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as well as organizations such as the Democratic Socialists of America to its rise.

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Duane Paul Murphy is a D.C. college graduate and freelance journalist born and raised in Southern California. He obtained a bachelor of art’s in politics and a minor in media studies, Duane Paul is interested in covering domestic as well as international political affairs that impact the lives of everyday people, whether they are young students, professionals, or faculty in higher education.

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