US Politics: Over Four in 10 Americans Believe Socialism a ‘Good Thing’: Gallup

It’s likely not a coincidence that rise in popularity across all Americans came as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became two of the most prominent  politicians in the U.S. 

Four in 10 Americans think socialism is a good thing for the United States, a shift in attitude that reflects the modern 21st century political landscape and changing social mores.

Results from a Gallup poll released Monday show that 43 percent of U.S. adults polled from April 17-30 think socialism is a “good thing.” It’s likely not a coincidence that rise in popularity across all Americans came as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), both of whom identify as democratic socialists, became two of the most prominent  politicians in the U.S.   

The 43 percent number is a jump in approval of socialism by 18 percent since a poll by Roper 1942, the historical date used by Gallup for reference to show the country’s evolving views.

Gallup explained why they chose the 1942 date:

The Roper/Fortune survey is one of the oldest trend questions measuring attitudes on socialism in the U.S. Gallup’s update of the question in an April 17-30 survey finds Americans more likely to have an opinion on the matter now, as well as a smaller gap in the percentage calling socialism a bad thing vs. a good thing.

The April poll also found that the number of Americans that believe socialism is a bad thing for the country increased, from 40 percent in 1942 to 51 percent today.

The survey also found that 47 percent of Americans would vote for a socialist candidate for president—a significant statistic that was one example of a few that show the changing social norms in the U.S.:

The April survey found that 47 percent of Americans say they would vote for a socialist candidate for president. While that figure represents nearly half of the U.S. adult population, even higher percentages say they would vote for an atheist (58 percent) or Muslim (60 percent) presidential candidate.

Polling from Gallup in the last decade has consistently found that a majority of Democrats have a positive view of socialism. That view has been paired with declining popularity of capitalism from the party faithful over the last few years.


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  • Clyde Duncan  On May 25, 2019 at 3:44 am

    Pelosi is a master of the art of quiet condescension. Should you need any more evidence of her signature snark, here are five occasions which demonstrate that, while Trump may be president of the USA, Pelosi is Queen of Shade.

    1. The time she got Trump to own the government shutdown

    Last December, Pelosi helped to goad Trump into not just taking responsibility for a potential government shutdown, but announcing he would be “proud to shut down the government for border security”.

    In a televised meeting with Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, Trump attempted to taunt Pelosi, who hadn’t yet been elected speaker, announcing: “Nancy’s in a situation where it’s not easy to talk right now.”

    Pelosi didn’t take the bait, responding: “Please don’t characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting.” Eventually Trump snapped and handed Democrats a gem of a soundbite, announcing:

    “I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut the government down.” Pelosi then exited the White House in sunglasses and a red coat, looking the very picture of triumph.

    2. The time she mocked his inherited wealth

    During the government shutdown in January, Pelosi told reporters that Trump didn’t understand the financial pressure government employees were facing.

    “Many federal workers will not be receiving their paychecks, and what that means in their lives is tragic … the president seems to be insensitive to that,” Pelosi said. “He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money. But they can’t.”

    It was a not-so-subtle reminder that Trump’s fortune isn’t the result of his self-proclaimed business genius, but rather stems from daddy’s bank account.

    3. The time she called a meeting with Trump a ‘tinkle contest’

    After the December meeting, in which Trump threatened to shut down the government, Pelosi reportedly said that the wall is “like a manhood thing for him – as if manhood could ever be associated with him”.

    According to a Democratic aide, Pelosi also compared talking to Trump to a tinkle contest with a skunk. “You get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you.”

    4. The time she turned clapping into a viral meme

    Pelosi memorably managed to upstage Trump’s State of the Union address in February without saying a word. Pelosi punctuated Trump’s rambling with well-placed eye rolls and undercut his loud blustering with silent disdain.

    Then, when Trump called on Washington to “reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation”, she stood up and applauded so sarcastically that the #PelosiClap instantly went viral.

    5. The time she was very concerned about Trump’s confidence

    On Wednesday, Trump abruptly terminated a meeting about infrastructure with Democratic leaders and started yelling about cover-ups. “Instead of walking in happily into a meeting, I walk in to look at people that have just said that I was doing a cover-up,” Trump fumed to the press. “I don’t do cover-ups,” he added.

    Pelosi responded to Trump’s outburst by hypothesizing that it may have been down to a “lack of confidence on his part – he couldn’t match the greatness of the challenge that we have … In any event, I pray for the president of the United States and I pray for the United States of America.”

    She also urged that “his family or his administration and staff should have an intervention for the good of the country”. You know what a good intervention might be? Calling for impeachment.

    Compiled by Arwa Mahdawi | The Guardian UK

  • wally n  On May 25, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    SOCIALISM ? COMMUNISM? UMMM I know none of those asses never had to line up for fry oil rice sugar…… and never got any. Good luck with that. The only good thing about mahdawi his parents named him after one of my favorite Guyanese fruits.
    Why do they hate Trump? Built his business with his fathers money, used tax loopholes, never drank or smoke, neither does his children, every one of his children had to be able to operate all the machinery used in construction.
    Oh likes a lot of women, that is unique, talks about grabbing pussy, lot of people never been in locker rooms?
    Maybe he is not perfect, sorry, maybe he does not want everyone to pour over the borders, and you do, maybe he is fed up with the EU and China raping the US maybe he does not want the US flooded with very bright asians working cheap, taking some good jobs from Americans and causing backlogs in the school system.
    At this time he is the best the US has, before you mention pelosi, maybe you should find out why/how she became on of the richest government employees on such small salary/ earnings???

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