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Support of Socialism Rises Almost 20 Percent

According to Gallup, the percentage of Americans’ view of socialism rose almost 20 percent since the early 1940s.

Responding to a question about whether socialism is either good or bad, 51 percent of adults considered it a bad thing, while 43 percent thought socialism was good.

In 1942, a Roper/Fortune poll reported only 25 percent believed socialism was good, while 40 percent believed it was bad.

The rise in support of socialism is also reflected in politics with the popularity of politicians such as Senator Bernie Sander (I-Vt) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), among others, who back policies that increase the role of government in the lives of Americans.

Gallup also looked into Americans’ support for the free market in a number of areas and the results were mixed.

Americans still prefer the responsibility of health care to remain in the free market rather than the government (53% – 44%) but on a much narrower margin than technological innovation (75% – 19%).

Importantly, American adults by a large margin believe the economy should remain responsible for the free market (66% – 33%).

President Trump addressed socialism during his State of the Union speech in February and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reaffirmed the president’s position.

Overall, the Gallup poll has mixed results but the significant rise in the view of socialism is disturbing.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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