US Democrats Flirting with Socialism

US Democrats Flirting with Socialism, by John Hinderaker.

How out of the mainstream are the Democrats, really? Pretty far out. Back to Rasmussen, on what voters think about socialism:

51% of Democrats have a favorable impression of socialism, with 13% who share a Very Favorable one.

So it’s no accident that Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Elizabeth Warren are the Democrats du jour. Still, Democrats betray an odd ambivalence toward the economic system that most of them yearn for: …

Republicans (41%) are much more enthusiastic than Democrats (19%) and voters not affiliated with either major political party (25%) about Democrats coming out nationally as a socialist party.

So a great many Democrats want socialism but prefer not to admit it. That confirms what we conservatives have suspected for a long time.

Still, one wonders: how can any sentient being favor an ideology that turns a prosperous country into Cuba, Albania, the U.S.S.R., North Korea or Venezuela? The only explanation is invincible ignorance. Rasmussen sheds light on the nature of that ignorance:

Democrats are less likely to know what socialism is compared to other voters but have a much more favorable opinion of it.

Rasmussen applied a simple criterion for socialism:

Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Democrats…incorrectly believe the individual has more power than the government in a socialist system, a view held by just 12% of Republicans and seventeen percent (17%) of unaffiliated voters. Eighty percent (80%) of Republicans correctly say the government has more power in a socialist system, and 54% of Democrats and 67% of unaffiliateds agree.