The Washington Times - November 30, 2012, 01:48PM

Are Democrats and liberals really socialists? Looks like it. Numbers from a new Gallup Poll provide some backing for claims made by GOP rivals and conservatives over the years: 53 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of liberals give a “positive review of socialism,” the pollster found, compared to 23 percent of Republicans and 25 percent of conservatives.

Other archetypal beliefs are also very much in play. While three-fourths of both Democrats and liberals give a positive review of the federal government, that sentiment is shared by just 27 percent of Republicans and 32 percent of conservatives. There’s a big divide on the concept of “big business” as well. Gallup found that 75 percent of Republicans, 72 percent of conservatives give thumbs-up to big business, compared to 44 percent of Democrats and 41 percent of liberals.

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All sides do agree on something, though. Nine out of 10 respondents in all four demographics give a positive review of small business. The same is true of their opinions about free enterprise.

The poll of 1,040 U.S. adults was conducted Nov. 18-19.