The Middle-Atlantic states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are more favorably inclined to support Socialism than any other region in the country. An analysis of survey interviews with 16,034 Registered Voters conducted by ScottRasmussen.com found that 42% of mid-Atlantic residents have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of Socialism. Fifty-three percent (53%) have an unfavorable view.
The surveys were conducted between December 2, 2018 and March 2, 2019. During that time, there was no significant change in terms of overall support for Socialism.
The Pacific States of California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and Alaska were number two on the list of support for Socialism with 39% support (and 53% opposition).
At the other end of the spectrum, just 25% of West North Central residents have a favorable view of Socialism while 67% say the opposite. That division includes the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri.
In the Mountain States–Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico–30% have a favorable view of Socialism while 63% disagree.
The results from other regions are:
- South Atlantic–35% favorable/59% unfavorable (West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, DC, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida).
- West South Central–33% favorable/59% unfavorable (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana).
- East North Central–32% favorable/62% unfavorable (Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio).
- New England–32% favorable/63% unfavorable (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut).
- East South Central–30% favorable/60% unfavorable (Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama).
Of course, these regions are not homogeneous. Looking at the East North Central division, for example, there is probably more support for Socialism in Illinois than in any of the other states–Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.
Additionally, many ScottRasmussen.com surveys have shown that support for the term Socialism does not translate to support for Socialist policies currently being advocated (also here and here). Sixty percent (60%) of voters believe Socialism is a threat to America’s founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance.
Overall, 34% of voters have a favorable opinion of Socialism while 58% have an unfavorable view. Those totals include 10% with a Very Favorable opinion and 35% with a Very Unfavorable assessment.
Additional demographic highlights show that:
- There is a huge generation gap. A plurality of voters under 35 say they favor Socialism (48% favor, 42% oppose). Among senior citizens, the numbers are 22% favorable and 68% unfavorable.
- The generation gap is also visible when it comes to intensity. Among those younger voters 19% offer a Very Favorable view and are matched by 19% with a Very Unfavorable opinion. However, among seniors, the numbers are 2% Very Favorable and 43% Very Unfavorable.
- Republicans oppose Socialism by a 77% to 19% margin. Independents are opposed 59% to 33%. Democrats narrowly favor Socialism by a 50% to 43% margin. That’s consistent with data released earlier showing 48% of Democrats would be likely to vote for a candidate who considered themselves to be a Socialist. But 39% would be likely to vote for a candidate who considered Socialism to be a threat to the United States.
- On the question of Socialism, there is no significant difference between white and non-white Democrats.
- Overall, white voters oppose Socialism by a 65% to 30% margin. Black voters favor it by a 48% to 41% margin while Hispanic voters are opposed by a 48% to 41% margin.
- Suburban women oppose Socialism by a 60% to 32% margin. Suburban men are opposed by a 67% to 29% margin.
See question wording and crosstab results.
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These results were gathered by combining a series of 16 national surveys conducted between December 2, 2018 and March 2, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). A total of 16,034 interviews were conducted. The statistical Margin of Error for the full sample is less than a percentage point. However, the Margin of Error for subsets of the data are more significant.
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