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.