I’m getting tired of using the phrase “this is no surprise”—but this is no surprise. According to a new Gallup poll:
…more than half (53%) of Democrats or Democrat-leaners say they have a positive attitude toward socialism.
What is far, far stranger—and really is a surprise—is that 27% of Republicans or Republican-leaners also had a positive attitude toward socialism.
The only explanation I can think of—other than that the world has gone mad—is that a lot of people are unaware of what the terms “Republican” and “socialism” mean.
Come to think of it, that’s not really much of a surprise either.
Note also that among Democrats and Democrat-leaners, “capitalism” just barely nosed out “socialism” in positives, 55% to 53%. And yet “small business,” “free enterprise,” and “entrepreneurs” were hugely popular with both Republicans and Democrats (95%R/94%D, 94%R/88%D, and 91%R/84%D, respectively). Do Democrats not see these things as part and parcel of capitalism?
Here’s the chart. Go figure.