Millennials Are Far More Ignorant And Less Patriotic Than Boomers, Survey Finds

Mis-education: Congratulations to the leftists who’ve taken over the nation’s public education system. They’re now producing generations of Americans who know little about their own country, other than that they hate it. That’s what a new survey shows, anyway.




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A new YouGov poll asked more than 1,000 people aged 14 and up about their knowledge of the country’s history and institutions, and their patriotic feelings toward the U.S. The nationwide survey, sponsored by the Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness, produced some alarming results.

Basically, it found younger generations — millennials (age 22-27) and Gen Z (age 14-21) — are less likely to love and respect the country. And they’re less informed about American history, and way more likely to embrace socialism. Is that just evidence of youthful ignorance? Or is it the result of a school system that indoctrinates children in leftist ideology?

Here’s a rundown of the poll’s findings:

Not Proud Or Patriotic

The survey found that more than a quarter of millennials, and a fifth of Gen Z, say they are not proud to be an American. Among boomers, only 8% or less say they’re not proud.

When asked if America has a history we should be proud of, the share who say “yes” declines steadily with age, from 94% of the “silent generation” (those over 73), to 85% of boomers, 72% of Gen X, down to 65% of millennials and 54% of the Gen Z generation still in high school.

More than half of these high schoolers surveyed say they don’t consider themselves an American patriot. Among millennials, more than a third aren’t patriots. But among boomers, only 13% say they don’t consider themselves American patriots.

The survey also found that younger generations are more likely to approve of athletes kneeling in protest during the national anthem, and less likely to show respect for the flag.

America Is Racist And Sexist

Those still in school or recently graduated are also far more likely to consider America a racist and sexist country.

Sixty percent of millennials, for example, say the U.S. is sexist, and 63% say it’s racist. More than half of college-aged Gen Z say this about the U.S.

That sharply contrasts with baby boomers, only 46% of whom say the country is sexist and 42% racist.

Worse yet, half of the college-aged Gen Z think America is more racist than other countries. Just 29% of boomers do.

Not Great

While more than 8 in 10 boomers agree that America is the greatest country in the world, just a bare majority of millennials (54%) and high schoolers (51%) think it is.

The share who think America is and will continue to be great drops from 70% among boomers to 53% among millennials, to less than half among Gen Z (those between 14 and 21). Almost a third of millennials say America isn’t a great country today, with 14% saying it never was great.

The survey also asked if the world is safer when America is strongest? The overwhelming share of boomers (93%) say yes. But among millennials, the share drops to 68%. Among high schoolers, it’s down to 66%.

Socialist Tendencies

The survey also asked which is better for America’ future: capitalism or socialism? Overall, 61% of the public favors capitalism. Given the appalling record of socialism, that is a shockingly low percentage.

But the ill-informed and hopelessly misguided infatuation with socialism grows stronger as people get younger. Among millennials and college age people, a bare majority (53%) prefer capitalism.

Half of today’s high schoolers say socialism is the way to go. What can explain this, other than schoolteachers preaching about socialist paradises while prattling on about the evils of capitalism?

Ignorant About America

At the same time schools are filling kids’ heads with leftist propaganda, they’re failing to teach young people much about U.S. history.

The survey found that 87% of high school students flunked a five-question test of basic knowledge about American history, the worst of any age group.

High school students were also least likely to know who is on Mount Rushmore. Only 35% of them got it right, compared with 71% of boomers. Only 11% could name the rights enumerated in the First Amendment. And more than half of today’s high schoolers believe Barack Obama was a more consequential president than George Washington.

“We were totally unprepared for what our national survey reveals: an epidemic of anti-Americanism,” said Nick Adams, who launched the foundation. “A major fraction of an entire generation has been indoctrinated by teachers starting in grade school that America is what’s wrong with the world.” (You can read the entire survey report here.)

Adams, who is a recent Australian immigrant, can be forgiven for his shock at learning that U.S. public schools teach children to hate America.

For the rest of us, there’s no excuse for not knowing what’s going on in our schools today, and no reason to tolerate it.

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