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Sorry Bernie and AOC! New Poll Shows Only 10 Percent of Americans Want Socialism

Between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” and Bernie Sanders‘ “Medicare-for-All,” we hear a lot about the supposed newfound popularity of socialism in the United States today. But a new poll released Monday shows that only a very small minority of Americans favor such a system.

A Monmouth University poll titled “SOCIALISM vs. CAPITALISM” showed that only ten percent of Americans view socialism favorably. Just as interesting, 57 percent of Americans said they believed socialism was incompatible with American values with only 29 believing the opposite.

The Monmouth poll notes:

Taken together, Americans divide into two dominant camps – 29% who have a positive view of capitalism and a negative view of socialism and 30% who have neutral opinions of both capitalism and socialism.  The remaining 4-in-10 Americans hold a range of mixed views on the two economic systems.

The poll also found that 58 percent of Americans approved of the idea of “universal” health care, with 53 percent believing that it wasn’t necessarily socialist.

This indicates that while Americans overwhelmingly reject socialism as a term, they might embrace aspects of it if it’s not considered socialist.

“We may be in a period of flux with how these economic systems are viewed,” Monmouth’s Patrick Murray said. “Socialism still carries a stigma, but many Americans feel they are being left behind by the current capitalist system. Policies that have traditionally been seen as socialist may be getting more popular even if the term itself is not.”

“We shouldn’t ignore the possibility that ‘neutral’ could be a way for some Americans, especially Democrats, to couch their policy preferences without using a term that has historically negative connotations,” he added. “This is going to be a real challenge for left-leaning candidates in the 2020 presidential race.”

“The party base seems to be saying,” Murray continued. ‘We like your platform, just don’t use the word socialism to describe it.”

Given these recent poll numbers, that’s probably some good advice for the Democrats as we head into the 2020 election.

John Hanson

is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in conservative media and Republican politics. He has been a special guest on Fox News, Sirius XM, appeared as the guest of various popular personalities, and has had a lifelong interest in right-leaning politics.

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  • ask russia, and all the other socialist countries if it works or not. maybe if the demon-rats had to stand in a line for hours, just to buy a roll of bum wipe, they might understand, but that i doubt very much.

  • This essay or article is amusing for the fact that what actually exists in the USA is at least 50% Socialism called by various other names (e.g. safety net, etc) and acknowledged as welfare and entitlement. Remove all that BS and America would have genuine Capitalism.

  • The term socialism refers to the government ownership of the means of production, which didn't work in the USSR, but AOC and Bernie refer to Democratic Socialsim, which is things like Medicare for All, but the doctors and hospitals are still privately owned, but cut out the HMO middleman. BTW, the socialist Interstate Highway system is publicly owned, but private contractors build it.

  • Doesn't it make you wonder why sanders and the other power hungry fools don't just move to a socialist, third-world country of their choosing? Probably because they'd have to give up their multiple homes and living high on the hog lifestyles here. They're nothing more than greedy-a$$ed, low life cowards.

  • The term socialism refers to the government ownership of the means of production, which didn't work in the USSR, but AOC and Bernie refer to Democratic Socialsim, which is things like Medicare for All, but the doctors and hospitals are still privately owned, but cut out the HMO middleman. BTW, the socialist Interstate Highway system is publicly owned, but private contractors build it.

  • Cuba, N. Korea, N. Vietnam, China, Russia all have wallowed in the degradation that is Socialism. China and Russia have mixed a little Capitalism into their societies to help boost their economies.

  • Ask anyone who has experienced, and escaped, Communism. They will agree Socialism Sucks!!

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