National Poll Reveals What Americans Really Think About Socialism

A new poll by The Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports of 1,000 likely voters, conducted December 6-7, 2020, finds that a vast majority of likely voters prefer a free-market economic system as opposed to a socialist economic system.

The poll comes after a November election in which socialist candidates made important inroads, including in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. Despite this, the new poll conducted by Heartland/Rasmussen shows that an overwhelming majority of likely voters reject socialism, as well as the torchbearer of socialism in the United States, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Below are some highlights of the poll, which is available in full at the end of this article.

When asked, “Which is better – a free-market economic system or socialism?,” 75 percent of respondents answered “free-market economic system,” while just 11 percent answered “socialism” and 14 percent were undecided.

Interestingly, the poll further revealed most likely voters have a decidedly negative view of America’s most prominent socialist, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). When asked, “Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?,” only 18 percent said “very favorable,” while 19 percent said “somewhat favorable.” On the other hand, 38 percent of likely voters said they have a “very unfavorable” impression of AOC, and 10 percent said they have a “somewhat unfavorable” impression of her.

Taken together, these results show that a strong majority of likely voters believe the United States should retain its free-market economy. The results also demonstrate that most likely voters are less than enthusiastic about the left’s embrace of socialism.

Further, when asked, “Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Joe Biden?,” 36 percent of likely voters said they have a “very unfavorable impression” of the president-elect. This was followed by 32 percent who said they have a “very favorable impression” and 19 percent who said they have a “somewhat favorable impression” of Biden. Further, 11 percent responded that they have a “somewhat unfavorable impression” of the next president and 2 percent said they were “not sure.”

 

National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters on Socialism
Conducted December 6-7, 2020
By The Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports

 

1* Which is better – a free-market economic system or socialism?

75% A free-market economic system
11% Socialism
14% Not sure

2* Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Joe Biden?

32% Very favorable
19% Somewhat favorable
11% Somewhat unfavorable
36% Very unfavorable
2% Not sure

3* Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

18% Very favorable
19% Somewhat favorable
10% Somewhat unfavorable
38% Very unfavorable
15% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

PHOTO: New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo by nrkbeta. Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Chris Talgo (CTalgo@heartland.org) is an editor and research fellow at The Heartland Institute and a researcher and editor at StoppingSocialism.com. 

Justin Haskins is editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com. Haskins is a widely published writer and political commentator, the senior editor and founder of The Henry Dearborn Institute for Liberty, and the editorial director and research fellow at The Heartland Institute, a national free-market think tank. Haskins was first contributor to Glenn Beck's "Arguing with Socialists," a New York Times best-selling book, and the author of "Socialism Is Evil," an Amazon bestseller. He writes a weekly column for FoxNews.com, has appeared on television more than 100 times, including numerous appearances on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," and his work has been featured by the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, National Review, Newsweek, New York Post, and the White House, among many other sources. Haskins was named one of the "Top 30 Republicans Under 30" by Newsmax, is a member of the Philadelphia Society, and holds two master's degrees from Regent University. Follow him on Twitter @JustinTHaskins.