Individual Liberty22 February 2016

New Poll: Progressives Identify with Socialism

WASHINGTON – The American Action Network (@AAN) today released survey results on Democrat primary voters’ views on socialism. With a socialist as a leading candidate for the presidential nomination, this survey sheds new light on the ideological identity of progressives.

Among the key findings of the survey:

  • By a 30 point margin, a majority of Democrats polled believe socialism has a positive impact on society.   
  • They say they agree more with socialism than capitalism (40%/25%).
  • They favor ending the private health system and replacing it with a government-run system (47%/39%).
  • 67% say the media should prove they are not biased against the content of a campus rally on racial equality before covering it.

The OnMessage Inc survey of likely Democrat primary voters was conducted from February 2-4, 2016, and the margin of error is +/-3.1%.

AAN Poll of Progressives on Socialism

The American Action Network is a 501(c)(4) 'action tank' that creates, encourages and promotes center-right policies based on the principles of freedom, limited government, American exceptionalism, and strong national security. The American Action Network's primary goal is to put our center-right ideas into action by engaging the hearts and minds of the American people and spurring them into action to advance our center-right policy agenda.


Ruth Guerra

Communications Director