Election Coverage / Opinion

A Socialist President?

socialist vs capitalistThere is some interesting recent polling out of Gallup:

As the 2016 presidential election field takes shape, more than nine in 10 Americans say they would vote for a qualified presidential candidate who is Catholic, a woman, black, Hispanic or Jewish. Less than half of Americans would vote for a candidate who is a socialist.

What fascinated me about this poll is that 47% of those polled said they would vote for a socialist. That number sounds awfully high to me. Are you comfortable with it? Because I’m not.

And there’s more:

At least two-thirds of adults younger than 30 say they are willing to vote for a candidate with any of the characteristics included in the survey.

 

How do you market limited-government principles to the 47% who would consider voting for a socialist?

Do those polled fully understand the implications of socialist leadership, including the ways in which such policies would impact their own paychecks and freedoms?

Could Bernie Sanders-style politics hit home with almost half the country? What about in five or ten years?

Just some food for thought as we ponder 2016 and beyond.

Jedediah Bila is a Fox News host and commentator, author, columnist, and former professor and academic dean. Follow Jedediah on Twitter @JedediahBila.

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