Republicans and conservatives have long understood that many Democrats [not-so?] secretly harbor a love for socialism, and that socialistic policies are their end-goal. As I wrote in “Democrats Show Their True Colors,” “democratic” socialism has been growing in popularity in the Democratic Party, and the party has tapped into its progressive roots and lurched violently to the Left.
Scott Rasmussen’s #Number of the Day today backs this trend up with hard numbers. He writes that 57% of Democrats have a positive view of socialism, while only 47% have a positive view of capitalism. That 47% figure is down from 56% just two years ago.
71% of Republicans, on the other hand, view capitalism positively, while 16% of RINOs view socialism favorably. I don’t understand how any Republican can view socialism favorably; I suspect they view “socialism” as “limited government-run enterprises,” like the Tennessee Valley Authority or the Department of Motor Vehicles. I can’t imagine many of them support true, complete government ownership of property and the means of production.
These trends toward socialism on the Left make Republican victory—as unlikely as it might be—in the 2018 midterm elections all-the-more crucial.