According To Polls Most Americans Are Socialists Like Bernie Sanders

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Most Americans should understand that a ‘label’ is an identifier, or more aptly put a word or short phrase that describes someone or something. Republicans are real big on labels, and they have had a fair measure of success improperly labeling “socialism” as any policy or agenda that does not enrich corporations and the wealthy, spend half the budget on the military, or create greater numbers of poverty level Americans. To be fair, America does have one purely ‘socialistic’ program in the Veterans Administration, but other than that one agency, America is the epitome of anti-socialist.

In its basic form, socialism is simply organized society in which all major industries and financial institutions are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual people and corporations. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont self-describes himself as a ‘democratic socialist,’ but there is not only nothing ‘socialistic’ about his policies, those he does espouse are supported by the majority of Americans that likely rail at the idea they are socialists. It is why he is having a measure of success creating a grass roots movement and may have even more if he did not self-label as a socialist.

The reason Sanders is unlikely to win the nomination for president is because only 31% of Americans “react positively” to the word socialism. However, among 18 to 29-year olds, about half view socialism favorable and only 47% see capitalism as a good thing. Still, even with the ‘socialist’ label, Senator Sanders’ policy positions enjoy a great deal of support among the population and it should not only frighten Republicans, it should, and is, pull Hillary Rodham Clinton farther to the left; the left that twenty years ago was decidedly Centrist. One thing is clear; even as a self-described socialist, Sanders’ views on ‘key political issues’ are more in line with mainstream Americans’ opinions of, expectations for, and demands of government.

Senator Sanders’ concept of tax reform is the reverse of Republicans, and what they say Americans demand, and believes the system overtly favors the rich at the expense of the government and rest of the population. Sanders believes the rich do not pay nearly enough in income taxes and recently supported returning to the 90% tax rates established during Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower administration. Socialist moniker or no, a February poll revealed that 68 percent of voters said wealthy households pay far too little in federal taxes. Voters also agree with Sanders’ policy, and legislation that cracked-down on offshore tax havens for the rich and corporations. Sanders’ bill required corporations to pay the top corporate tax rate on profits they hide offshore. Interestingly, a stunning 85 percent of business owners favor closing all overseas tax loopholes in their entirety and 68 percent of the public agrees that the government should “close any and all tax loopholes for large corporations that ship jobs offshore.”

Americans also closely align with self-described ‘socialist’ Sanders on campaign finance. Senator Sanders rails against Citizens United and has a called for a constitutional amendment that would effectively prevent corporations from making political donations and buying the government; he also support public funding of elections. Although most Americans think corporations should have a very limited right to make political donations, over half say ban all political donations from individuals and private groups and shift to a government-funded system; only 44 percent of voters oppose such a law.

Sanders believes, like many Americans, that “Instead of cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and nutrition programs, we should be expanding these programs.” Many polls reveal that majorities of voters, including Republican voters, demand that Social Security is expanded and a poll last year showed that even Republicans in red states want Medicaid expanded. Most Americans also support expanding nutrition and housing programs. A poll conducted last year showed that even voters in red states want to expand Medicaid. In a January 2015 poll, it found that over 50 percent of likely voters agree with Sanders and support a single-payer healthcare system.

On regulations, a surprising sixty-four percent of Americans agree with Senator Sanders and strongly support regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, factories and cars to reduce global climate change; they also support a federal law requiring utilities to generate more power from low-carbon sources. Americans are not, as Republicans claim, in favor of deregulating banks or abolishing the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. In fact, a substantial majority of Americans agree with Sanders that big banks “are too powerful to be reformed and must be broken up.” A recent survey revealed that 58 percent of voters agree with ‘socialist’ Sanders and support “breaking up big banks.”

It is almost a no-brainer, but over 63 percent of Americans completely agree with Sanders that it is imperative to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour “over the next few years.” Americans want the minimum at $15 an hour by 2020. What is surprising, and should worry Koch Republicans in Congress and states, is that Senator Sanders support for legislation guaranteeing that workers can form and join a union is favored by 53 percent of Americans. In fact, that 53 percent actually “supports a new law that would make it easier for labor unions to organize workers.”

It is glaringly obvious that for regardless the reason Senator Sanders self-labels himself as a “democratic socialist,” or whatever negative connotations that label socialist has according to constant harping by Republicans, most Americans support Mr. Sanders’ policies. Of course the truth of the matter is there is nothing, nothing whatsoever, in any of Senator Sanders policies that are remotely ‘socialistic,’ and he may enjoy even greater success if he would just drop the label and be what he, and most Americans really are on social and legislative issues; liberal.

Republicans have for too long enjoyed success by labeling progressives, liberals, secularists, and indeed, Democrats as some kind of anti-American monsters. However, the more people like Senator Sanders, and by force of public opinion Hillary Rodham Clinton, expose their popular policy positions as “good for all Americans” and America, the quicker the Republican label machine will be exposed for what it really is; contrary to the popular will of most American people.Bernie Sanders sex essay meet the press

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41 Replies to “According To Polls Most Americans Are Socialists Like Bernie Sanders”

  1. I agree with everything in the article…but….please stop writing that Sanders “self-labels himself”. It’s taking redundancy to a new level!

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t socialism become equated with communism following WWII in the minds of many Americans? And even before Frank Luntz became the GOP wordsmith……Thank goodness Sanders is starting to turn it into a “caring for your fellow human beings” meaning.

  2. Democracy & Communism are political systems. Capitalism & Socialism are economic systems. A Democratic Socialist is where the government ensures basic human rights services like healthcare & education while still allowing a private sector & freedoms to flourish. I believe that both Democrats & Republicans agree with Bernie because he is fighting for the majority of us not the very wealthy few.

  3. Labels are used by mentally lazy people. Sanders’ message really just needs a grass roots movement to energize rank and file citizens and give them some well deserved autonomy in the form of a proposed model which would effectively stop the corporate oligarchy from keeping them disenfranchised.

  4. Well, you see, that is the problem. Republicans have led the incredibly gullible American public to believe that socialism (Democratic or otherwise) equates communism. If you believe that what Sen. Sanders is saying is socialism then you are a communist and are trying to destroy America.

    That message needs to change. Hopefully as Sen. Sanders keeps hammering away with his message, people will actually learn what Democratic Socialism really stands for, the betterment of the American people and not the oligarchs or the theocrats.

  5. Some are saying Hillary needs to be pushed to the right. Why? to win.

    Alan Greenblat (NPR) says: “There are currently more than 20 states in which the party lacks even a single statewide elected official. A Clintonian move to the center is something Democrats would have to consider.”

    In other words – push her right or leave her be – if you want to win!

    “If the GOP loses next year, that’s three in a row. They’ll have lost the popular vote in six out of the last seven presidential elections and people will be talking about the GOP’s obsolescence”

    Like he says Bill won after Dems were out for 12 years. And if Hillary wins the GOP will need to shut up and listen or become even less likely to win ever again.

    If she loses, there goes our whole tamale.

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/06/democrats-too-liberal-for-bill-clinton-118555_Page2.html#ixzz3bzzogYkr

  6. Pushed to the right? If Hillary is pushed any further to the right she might as well run as a republican. Have you forgotten that she was a Goldwater girl?

  7. But if you look at her overall record you would see she is a progressive. Facts are facts. Now her vote for the Iraq war smears her record but in no way is she a republican

  8. Yep, and the WSJ had an article today on Chafee entering and he will run on attacking her foreign policy. He says her AUMF vote makes him better….

    Oh, oh, oh, joy.

  9. This is as much of a D talking point as it is an R. You seem to really offended that the entire Democratic party isn’t bowing down to Hillary and coronating her to the nomination.

  10. Well John, that was faster than you normally are with my thumbs down.

    This time, as usual, you did it for facts.

    Fact check… bad….

  11. That in high school in 1964 for a brief period when she was learning about the world she admired Goldwater?

    That’s a deal breaker among dems?!

    The next 51 years she worked tirelessly for Dems, but we will use it against her…

    REALLY?

    NO!

    Not to over 80% of dems who love her.

  12. What is with your obsession with accusing me of thumbs downing your posts? Are you really that insecure? Grow up.

  13. He gave one to you too DJ. How dare you discuss Hillary on a liberal board!

    I am telling you, there is something very wrong with this place. VERY.

    Outer limits.

  14. My wife and I are looking at a nice socialist European country to move to. But if Bernie wins we might stick around a little longer.

  15. I was in the archives the other day and I saw some nasty things you posted before I arrived back in April that got dozens of thumbs down. They had you figured out back then.

    Robert, erica, Jimmy, Charlie, John.

  16. Considering the notion that helping your fellow human- is socialism. I’m not surprised that folks I.D. with it so much.

    Part of the problem for the moniker of “Socialist”:

    The Nazis, The National SOCIALIST German Worker’s Party.

    A group that labeled themselves with a popular sounding name, but in reality their actions gave lie to it.

    Sort of like just about any group or party that includes “Freedom” in their name nowadays.

  17. No it won’t work. Statistically even but no it won’t work as an attack either.

    It was used in 07 non-stop, her supporters are immune to it. 18 million voters said shut up already to the world.

    She will have all those white males on the GOP all year attacking her and 4 white males on the Dem side to pick apart the minutae between them all.

    Then the woman will rise. Like she does.

  18. I’ve already said this: People will lop off the democratic part off and just go with SOCIALIST and then they point to China and/or Russia
    .
    We’re ALREADY a socialist country:
    roads, highways, bridges, street, road and bridge maintenance, snow plows, water/sewage systems, libraries, parks, beaches, life guards, air force, marines, navy, army, air traffic controllers, airports, EPA, FAA, FCC, WARS, police, sheriff, highway patrol, fire fighters, first responders, forest rangers, sanitation, power grid, internet, did I miss some?

    Difference Between Socialism and Democratic Socialism
    http://www.differencebetween.net/miscellaneous/politics/difference-between-socialism-and-democratic-socialism/

    What is Democratic Socialism? Q & A
    http://www.dsausa.org/what_is_democratic_socialism

    I’m tired of educating the UNEDUCATED.

  19. Lincoln – progressive (liberal) republican
    Teddy Roosevelt – progressive (liberal) republican
    Eisenhower – progressive (liberal) republican – HE TAXED THE SHIT OUT OF THE WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS and build the insterstate highway system well use today (but it’s crumbling)

    If you think Bernie is a communist, you are blind, deaf, and dumb.

  20. We’re ALREADY a socialist country:
    roads, highways, bridges, street, road and bridge maintenance, snow plows, water/sewage systems, libraries, parks, beaches, life guards, air force, marines, navy, army, air traffic controllers, airports, EPA, FAA, FCC, WARS, police, sheriff, highway patrol, fire fighters, first responders, forest rangers, sanitation, power grid, internet

    We need to be a DEMOCRATIC-socialist country and get away from CAPITALISM.

  21. I love that the liberal media has turned their backs on Hillary and are helping the GOP and Foxnews with bringing down the HIllary Campaign.. its working very wells.. the polls say so.. once the hillary campaign is done, the GOP will win very easily. .. thanks lib media and libs I’m ready for the GOP to take the whitehouse

  22. There is no such thing as a liberal media. The mainstream media is owned by 6 right- wing leaning multinational corporations. Please grow a brain and stop polluting this great site with right wing propaganda.

  23. Since you’re a “woman”, I guess you enjoy being a “lesser cut of meat” and a 2nd class citizen to used as an incubator.

    Do you bow to your man?

    I’d bet your not educated enough to know what a DEMOCRATIC-SOCIALIST is, am I correct? Name a European country and you’ve got democratic-socialism.

    You’re a disgrace to your gender.

  24. Jesus was a socialist…and against the status quo.

    Followers of “The Way” shared everything equally — communism.

    I already support Bernie and will volunteer for him when the time comes.

  25. sarahbeth, polls are just a small sampling of the population (generally)to enforce a predetermined answer. If you are more concerned about polling numbers than your candidates platform I have issues. If you feel that HRC is the best candidate please reiterate her platform. To date I haven’t seen much that would encourage me to vote for her. However, if she does move to the left (past what used to be center)through actual votes in the Senate rather than rhetoric I certainly would be open to listening.
    Whining that if HRC doesn’t win the Democratic nomination this early makes me wonder about your commitment to her campaign.

  26. He said that in response to a question about “won’t taxing the very wealthy slow down growth?”. His point was that growth is not the most important thing, and we should be willing to sacrifice economic growth (more types of products) to feed hungry children. As he continually points out, a vast majority of economic growth benefits a very small number of people.

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