A record number of Democrats say they approve of socialism, even as Americans overall remain steadfast in their opposition.
A record-high 65 percent of Democrats tell the Gallup polling organization they have a positive view of socialism, a drastic increase over the 53 percent who said the same in 2010.
Gallup has conducted six polls since 2010 asking Americans if they have a positive or negative view of small business, free enterprise, capitalism, “big business,” socialism and the federal government.
Gallup’s 2021 poll found 60 percent of Americans approving of capitalism and 38 percent approving of socialism. That figure has been nearly identical in all six polls since 2010.
But there’s been a drastic change among increasingly radicalized Democrats.
When Gallup first polled the question in 2010, Democrats’ views of socialism and capitalism were largely the same, with 53 percent approving of socialism and 52 percent approving of capitalism.
But there’s been a major change among Democrats since, with approval of socialism rising 12 percent.
Currently 65 percent of Democrats have a positive view of socialism, with positive views of capitalism still at 52 percent. Among Democrats, approval of capitalism was higher than approval of socialism until 2018, until the party began rapidly radicalizing.
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