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Poll: 31% Say Socialism ‘Fairer than Free Market Capitalism’ - But Only 10% Call Socialism ‘Fair,’ ‘Compassionate’

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | April 4, 2019 | 10:01 AM EDT

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While 31% of U.S. likely voters say socialism is “fairer than free market capitalism,” only 10% think socialism is either “fair” or “compassionate,” a new national survey by McLaughlin & Associates finds.

Slightly more than half (54%) of the 1,000 likely voters McLaughlin polled March 19, 2019 disagree that socialism is fairer than capitalism, with 39% “strongly” disagreeing and 15% “somewhat” disagreeing. And, while 31% of likely voters say socialism is fairer, only 12% strongly believe it is. Fifteen percent said the “don’t know.”

By political bent, 61% of self-described liberals call socialism fairer than capitalism, compared to just 25% of moderates and 12% of conservatives.

However, when asked, “Which of these are true about socialism,” only 10% said socialism itself is “fair.” Nearly a quarter (23%) of liberals said it’s true that socialism is fair, but only 5% of moderates and 3% called socialism fair.

Likewise, 10% of likely voters said it’s true that socialism is “compassionate.” Again, 23% of liberals called socialism “compassionate.” Just 8% of moderates and 1% of conservatives described socialism as compassionate.

(Courtesy of United in Purpose)

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