Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The Demographics of Socialism
In my recent post, A Short Conversation with Marilyn, a commenter stated,
I gather that she’s not in the “demographic” you expect to be calling for that.
The “calling for that” being the overthrow of the government. I replied,
Indeed Marilyn was not in the demographic in which I would expect such a response.
The demographic referred to was Marilyn’s age of sixty-eight (68). It appears that Marilyn’s age demographic may indeed be the demographic where a statement that the government should be overthrown would be heard.
The generation gap in political values is stark, according to this Pew poll: A majority of people over 65 have a negative view of socialism and a positive view of capitalism. The 18- to 29-year-olds? They love the progressive label, only marginally object to socialism, and have a negative view of capitalism.