57% Of Dem Primary Voters Have Favorable Opinion of Socialism; 73% Like Free Markets

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:

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.

Neither Scott Rasmussen nor ScottRasmussen.com has any relationship with Rasmussen Reports® (see About Us).




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