There’s not much amusing about this Gallup poll, but there is something that shows people who support fiscal responsibility whom they are arguing against: while 88% like “free enterprise,” 53% see “socialism” favorably. Come again?
Socialism is directly opposed to people owning property and working when and where they see fit. Most people seem to think it means a handout from the magical never-ending stash of government goodness, which is just the intermediate stage until the economy collapses. In any event, we’re talking some serious cognitive dissonance.
And for those who think socialism is somehow compatible with freedom, why do three-fourths of Democrats also have a favorable view of the federal government? This actually explains a lot. At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, the slogan was championed, “Government is the only thing we all belong to.”