Saturday, February 6, 2010

Gallup Poll: Half of Dems Like Socialism

I think John Hindraker of Powerline will forgive me if I reproduce his entire blog entry here; it's very short. And entirely accurate.
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."

So: socialism is mainstream, but fiscal sanity and constitutionalism are "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.

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.


VH said...

Frankly, I'm not surprised. I'm surrounded by Progressives/Liberals and most have a Utopian vision for American society: The welfare state modeled after the Scandinavian model. Or at least that the way they like to represent it.

Jeff Perren said...

Ain't it odd, though? After 100 years - and failure after failure of socialist policies in every kind of country - you gotta wonder what it would take to make them at least move to the position: "nobody knows what kind of government would be beneficial."

It's still a mystery to me how people can insulate themselves that thoroughly against evidence.