‘If people are going to call me a socialist for believing in those things, alright, call me a socialist; I don’t give a d***…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) According to a poll released by Gallup on Monday, 57 percent of Democrats favor socialism while only 47 percent have a positive outlook on capitalism.
It marks the first time in Gallup’s measurement since 2010 that a clear majority on the left (outside the margin of error) has shown a socialist inclination.
The number of Democrats who view socialism favorably has increased only slightly over the decade.
In 2010, Gallup said, Democrats showed an equal preference for socialism and capitalism, with both at 53 percent.
However, since 2016, the positive view of capitalism has dropped 9 percent among those surveyed.
Socialism was most popular among the 18-29 age group, with 51 percent saying they preferred it, while only 28 percent of the 65-and-up crowd supported socialism.
Republicans still strongly support capitalism, with only 16 percent expressing positive sentiments toward socialism.
The Democratic Party’s progression toward socialism is unsurprising, however.
An earlier poll published by Ballotpedia reported that 48 percent of Democrats now consider themselves far-left liberals, rather than moderates.
In May, Hillary Clinton cited among her litany of reasons for losing the 2016 election that being a capitalist probably hurt her chances.
Taking a cue from Clinton’s main primary opponent, Bernie Sanders, some Democratic politicians, like recently anointed New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have run on socialist platforms—with varying success.
Ocasio-Cortez has said she believes in a “democratic socialist” society, meaning: Medicare for all, free public college, along with a variety of other extremely progressive policies.
“I believe in health care for all, I believe in education for all, I believe in housing as a human right, and then if people are going to call me a socialist for believing in those things, alright, call me a socialist; I don’t give a d***,” she told Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson.
In an appearance on “The View,” Ocasio-Cortez said she identifies as a socialist because income equality still exists in the U.S.
“Democratic socialism … is the basic belief that I believe that in a moral and wealthy America and a moral and modern America, no person should be too poor to live in this country.”