Four in 10 Americans Embrace Some Form of Socialism
Notably, more Americans favor free market than government control over healthcare and higher education, two areas in which Democratic politicians have made proposals to greatly expand government involvement. But at least four in 10 Americans appear sympathetic to policies that would increase the government's role in those areas.
While there is ample support for a market-driven approach to many of the issues cited above, Americans are divided on how they describe the current state of the U.S. economy. When asked whether they think the U.S. economy leans more toward free market control or toward government control, 40% say it leans more toward government control while fewer say it leans toward free market control (34%). One in four describe it as an equal mix....
You won't hear this from the History Channel, but France's defeat in 1940 was in large measure a result of Socialist policies. Her armaments industry was nationalized and hobbled by work rules, and Popular Front politicians were more afraid of de Gaulle's proposal for a professional Army (with armored divisions) than of the Germans. Productivity was so poor, the French had to go warplane-shopping in America.
"During the next 50 years, do you think most of the nations of the world will have a democratic government, a communist government or a socialist government?"
What an absurd question! Now I've even less inclined to take Gallup seriously. "Democracy" is independent of what degree of control over the economy a gov't has. Maybe the people will foolishly elect themselves a socialist regime, as Venezuela did, so they can get "free" stuff. France and Britain have enacted many Socialist policies over the years, yet are still labeled "democracies."
Or by contrast, consider Singapore, which is very capitalistic (no min wage) and has low corruption, yet it's dominated by a single party and is more authoritarian than Amnesty Int'l would like.