There 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.