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Thu Jun 25, 2015, 06:48 PM

 

Good News for Bernie Sanders? Poll Shows 47% of Americans Would Vote for a Socialist

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Good News for Bernie Sanders? Poll Shows 47% of Americans Would Vote for a Socialist
A sizeable chunk of Americans say they’d consider voting to send a socialist to the Oval Office.
BY MARC DAALDER * JUNE 24, 2015 * In These Times

A new Gallup poll shows that 47 percent of Americans would consider voting for a socialist candidate. Gallup has been polling Americans on their voting preferences for candidates of different backgrounds since 1937, but this year was the first time they inquired about socialism.

When broken down on party lines, a socialist candidate would earn the consideration of 59 percent of Democrats, 49 percent of Independents, and only 26 percent of Republicans. Overall, socialism charted the lowest of all the backgrounds referenced in the poll. Atheist and Muslim candidates ranked second- and third-lowest among the American populace, at 58 and 60 percent respectively.

This poll comes less than two months after Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy, becoming the first self-described socialist (with at least a decent chance of winning) to do so in more than a decade.

Advocates for Sanders argue that the Gallup poll is misleading for a number of reasons. While Americans may disapprove of a socialist candidate, they strongly support policies that Sanders stands for. Fifty-two percent support a redistribution of wealth through heavily taxing the rich, for example—the highest number that Gallup has seen since first asking that question in 1940. And 63 percent of Americans believe that the current distribution of wealth in the US is unfair.

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18106/americans-socialism-bernie-sanders

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Reply Good News for Bernie Sanders? Poll Shows 47% of Americans Would Vote for a Socialist (Original post)
99th_Monkey Jun 2015 OP
Renew Deal Jun 2015 #1
cascadiance Jun 2015 #2
iandhr Jun 2015 #3
99th_Monkey Jun 2015 #6
HappyMe Jun 2015 #4
azmom Jun 2015 #5
iandhr Jun 2015 #7
azmom Jun 2015 #8

Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2015, 06:55 PM

1. That was the lowest of any group tested and more than 50% would vote against.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2015, 07:18 PM

2. I'm seeing many of us smiling out there!

 

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2015, 07:54 PM

3. 47% is less than 50

This means quite simply Bernie came out with the general election

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Response to iandhr (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 25, 2015, 08:26 PM

6. June 25, 2015 is 16 months less than November 4, 2016

 

Still plenty of time for Bernie to reach 51% of the electorate before the General Election.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2015, 08:00 PM

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Go Bernie!

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Thu Jun 25, 2015, 08:02 PM

5. Yeah, baby. Burn baby burn

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Response to azmom (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 25, 2015, 08:33 PM

7. When I those words I think of this guy.

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Response to iandhr (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 25, 2015, 08:53 PM

8. Good looking guy.

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