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.