61% of Liberals Favor Socialism

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    If I may conjecture that American ideas and ideals are more closely associated with self-reliance, free enterprise, and entrepeneurship, what is one to make of the latest Gallup poll?

    "Americans are almost uniformly positive in their reactions to three terms: small business, free enterprise, and entrepreneurs. They are divided on big business and the federal government, with roughly as many Americans saying their view is positive as say it is negative. Americans are more positive than negative on capitalism (61% versus 33%) and more negative than positive on socialism (36% to 58%).

    Socialism had the lowest percentage positive rating and the highest negative rating of any term tested. Still, more than a third of Americans say they have a positive image of socialism.

    Exactly how Americans define "socialism" or what exactly they think of when they hear the word is not known. The research simply measures Americans' reactions when a survey interviewer reads the word to them -- an exercise that helps shed light on connotations associated with this frequently used term.

    There are significant differences in reactions to "socialism" across ideological and partisan groups:

    A majority of 53% of Democrats have a positive image of socialism, compared to 17% of Republicans.
    Sixty-one percent of liberals say their image of socialism is positive, compared to 39% of moderates and 20% of conservatives."
    Socialism Viewed Positively by 36% of Americans

    It seems that socialism should be included in pantheon of Democrat beliefs.
     
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    I doubt 10% of Americans could define socialism as something other than "just like communism! Commie Bastards!"
     
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    100 % of wealthy seniors love socialism.
     
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    You people don't have any idea what you're talking about. None whatsoever. You are the atypical uneducated American. No wonder your FF's established the Electoral College. You are really too stupid to decide on your own who should be in charge.
     
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    "Know wonder"
    and you claim we are uneducated.
     
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    You are....................
     
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    So include it. As a liberal that is certainly fine with me.
     
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    If your number IS even close to being true. It makes it that much more troubling to me, that 61% of democrats view socialism as favorable.
     
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    Maybe they should have given examples of socialism in order to clarify what it means...

    Like,
    -do you want to keep social security retirement as a program or eliminate it?
    -Do you think unemployment insurance is a good measure for those losing their jobs?
    -do you want to keep Medicare for the seniors or do you want to let them all try to fend for themselves when it comes to their own health?
    -Do you want your government to keep up the roads and highways in your area?
    -Do you want to eliminate school lunches for the poorest children among us?

    Then maybe these idiots would have their answer to what socialism means to them...

    guaranteed, there would be A LOT MORE republicans saying yes to 'socialism'.
     
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    I was hoping that someone would make that point, so that I was able to include

    an indictment of the US school system, erroneously referred to as an education system.

    Since the Gallup Poll so clearly indicates the large positive approval of free market, etc., and yet a sizeable portion of the citizenry, at least those polled, have a positive view of socialism, someone must have dropped the ball somewhere.

    I think an argument could be made, though, that many of those folks who signed on to socialism, merely view the term as Democode for the Democratic Party-

    but I am not saying that most are not Wilson-Dewey-Obama-Progressive-Liberals.

    They probably are: note one of the above posts, a poster who syncretically attempts to claim to be a happy socialist, yet, it seems, has not moved to the EU yet.
     

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