Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters who will “Definitely” vote in their state’s Democratic primary or caucus have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of Socialism. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that total includes 16% have a Very Favorable opinion of the term.
The survey found that 58% of the same voters have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of Capitalism. Seventy-three percent (73%) say the same about Free Markets.
Nineteen percent (19%) of these Democratic primary voters have a Very Favorable opinion of Capitalism. Twenty-seven (27%) are that upbeat about Free Markets.
This is the latest in a very long line of surveys to show that the meaning of the term Socialism has changed substantially over the years:
- Among those with a favorable opinion of Socialism, 54% want less government control of the economy.
- Thirty-four percent (34%) of those who like Socialism believe it will lead to higher taxes and more government control. Another third (33%) think it would reduce taxes and government control.
- Most who like Socialism do not consider it to be an economic ideology. As a result, just 12% of of all American voters have a favorable opinion of Socialism as an economic system.
This helps explain the enormous gap between the apparent support for Socialism and the lack of support for socialist policies. For example, only 18% of voters support plans to ban private insurance companies. More broadly, just 22% believe that it would be better for America to have the federal government owned most or all of the nation’s largest companies. Additionally, only 15% support a Universal Basic Income plan that provides payments even for those unwilling to work.
This national survey was conducted September 13-20, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results are presented based upon interviews with 1,871 Registered Democrats and Democratic-leaning Independent Voters who say they will “Definitely” vote in their state’s primary or caucus. Results from this sample have +/- 2.3 percentage point Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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