The Gallup Poll finds that 53% of Democrats and 61% of liberals have a "positive image of socialism." That could explain a lot about the Obama administration. Meanwhile, the Tea Party is meeting in Nashville. CNN provides a primer on the Tea Partiers, and twice describes them as "far right."That, overall, more than a third of Americans view Socialism positively - especially among self-identified moderates - is a very, very dangerous sign. I don't have statistics to hand, but I'm confident that number was whoppingly lower 50 or even 30 years ago.
So: socialism is mainstream, but fiscal sanity and constitutionalism are "far right."
However, that 85% of Democrats think positively of Free Enterprise (and 53% think so of Capitalism), suggests either bad polling - likely - or the usual American confusion and schizophrenia when it comes to political philosophy. This demonstrates once again that, possibly more than anything else, lack of clarity is driving the country to a negative default position.