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Scary: Over 40% of Americans Like Some Form of Socialism

Gabriella Hoffman
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A new Gallup survey found that 43% of Americans believe socialism would be a good thing, compared to 51% of those polled who believe socialism would be a bad thing. The survey spoke to 1,024 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, between April 17-30, 2019. It had a margin of error of ±4 percentage points.

It contrasted these results with polling data from 1942, which found that 25% of respondents thought it was a good thing, 40% of respondents thought it was a bad thing, and 34% of respondents had no idea.

Despite more positive views of socialism held by some Americans, the survey found that most respondents still overwhelming trust market forces, instead of the government, in areas like technological innovation, wealth distribution, the economy, wages, higher education, and healthcare. Alternatively, the poll found that respondents prefer government action to protect online privacy and the environment.

The Gallup poll also noted Americans’ perception and understanding of socialism has changed over the years.

Over the years, with nearly one in four now associating the concept with social equality and 17% associating it with the more classical definition of having some degree of government control over the means of production.

The survey also found that about 34% believe the economy leans more free market versus 40 % of respondents believe the economy is regulated by the government.

Most recent polling suggests Democrats have a highly favorable view of socialism at 57%, while conservatives boast a 16% favorably rating of socialism.

It’s sad that many Americans don’t understand how disastrous socialism is—regardless of the form, its application, or country of origin. What are your thoughts on these poll findings?

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