by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) says it currently has 57 registered chapters on college campuses, according to Democratic Socialists of America Program Associate Lawrence Dreyfuss, up from just 15 in 2016.
YDSA has experienced 280 percent increase in the number of clubs from 2016 to 2018.
Previously reported stories said YDSA had over 250 registered chapters, but Dreyfuss told the Daily Caller those 250 campuses initially expressed interest (they filled out a form), but in terms of establishing an active chapter, we wound up with 57.
Democratic National Chairman Tom Perez recently called Democratic Socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the “future of the party.” Perez’s prediction may be correct as the number of a Democratic Socialist club on college campuses has skyrocketed since 2016.
Democratic Socialism has become a popular interest for Democrats after Ocasio-Cortez upset current New York Rep. Joe Crowley. Crowley was one of the favorite candidates to succeed Nancy Pelosi as the leader of the House Democrats.
Young people view socialism as more attractive than older people. Of people ages 18-29, 55 percent considered socialism favorably compared to other age groups, according to a 2016 Gallup poll. Only 37 percent of people between the ages 30 and 49 viewed socialism as positive. 27% percent of people between 50 and 64 years old thought of socialism positively.