College Kids Not Endorsing Socialism, But They’re Open to It

James Freeman:

Capitalism is more popular than socialism among American college students. But neither one commands majority support and the kids seem disturbingly open to central planning of the economy. That’s according to a new survey of American undergraduates due out later this week.

On Friday this column noted the survey’s results on issues of campus speech. Specifically, a majority of students reported that faculty at U.S. universities frequently share their views in class on social and political topics completely unrelated to the subjects of their courses. Also, a majority of respondents said they felt intimidated in expressing views not shared by professors and fellow students. The national online survey of 800 full-time students includes those enrolled at both public and private four-year universities. Polling was done by McLaughlin & Associates on behalf of Yale’s William F. Buckley, Jr. Program, which counts your humble correspondent among its directors.