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2018 Annual Poll

Third Annual Report On US Attitudes Toward Socialism

On October 30th, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation released our Third Annual Report on US Attitudes Toward Socialism has confirmed a trend evident in the previous two reports: the American public lacks a serious understanding and education regarding socialism and communism.

When Americans—especially Millennials—think of “socialism,” they primarily think about Bernie Sanders, Western European democracies, income equality, and access to healthcare. They also do not associate socialism with communism and authoritarianism.

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