Thirty-four percent of voters have a favorable opinion of socialism while 58 percent have an unfavorable view. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that totals include 10 percent with a very favorable opinion and 35 percent with a very unfavorable assessment.
A deeper analysis of more than 16,000 interviews found that support for socialism is highest in the mid-Atlantic states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In those states, 42 percent have a favorable opinion of socialism.
Socialism is nearly as popular in the Pacific Coast states but significantly less popular in between the coasts.
Additional demographic highlights show that there is a huge generation gap on this question. A plurality of voters under 35 say they favor socialism (48 percent favor, 42 percent oppose). Among senior citizens, the numbers are 22 percent favorable and 68 percent unfavorable.
Other surveys have shown that support for the term socialism does not necessarily translate to support for socialist policies.
Sixty percent of voters believe socialism is a threat to America’s founding ideals of freedom, equality, and self-governance.
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