- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A new Gallup poll got considerable news coverage and some screaming headlines this week by revealing: “Four-out-of 10 Americans embrace some form of socialism.” It is understandable that such a finding would prove intensely interesting in a political climate which finds Democratic socialism both in style and intriguing among many young voters. But without further ado, let us consider the deeper numbers on Gallup’s significant survey — and here they are, taken from the pollster’s complete responses and trends:

Among all Americans, 51% said socialism was a “bad thing” for America. The poll found that 84% of Republicans and 78% of conservatives agreed with that. Among Democrats, 25% said the ideology was a negative factor, along with 14% of liberals. Among independents, 48% said socialism was a negative, as did 47% of moderates.

Let’s keep going: 56% of men and 47% of women agreed that socialism was a “bad thing.” So did 59% of whites, 35% of “non-whites”; 37% of those ages 18-34 years, 52% of those 35-54 and 60% of those over age 55 also frowned on socialism. Gallup also found that 50% of college grads frowned on socialism, as did 59% of those with some college and 46% of those with a high school diploma, or less.

Lots of numbers. Interesting variances. But wait, there’s more.

Gallup also found that 57% of Americans predict that most of the nations of the world will be Democratic 50 years from now — a belief shared by 56% of Republicans, 52% of independents sand 67% of Democrats. Another 29% felt that the future nations would be socialist; 30% of Republicans, 32% of independents and 23% of Democrats agreed. Also of note: 6% said the nations would be communist; 5% of Republicans, 8% of independents and 3% of Democrats agreed.



The poll of 1,024 U.S. adults was conducted April 17-30 and released Monday.

SIGH: TRUMP BASHING EVEN ON INSTAGRAM

Wait, wasn’t this supposed to be an online haven for great personal photos and charming images?

“Researchers have identified what they are calling a coordinated campaign to undermine President Trump on Instagram, an effort that bears hallmarks of the disinformation campaigns that proliferated on the platform in 2016,” reports Emily Birnbaum of The Hill.

She cites a new study by Ghost Data, an Italian analytics firm which identified a network of 350 anti-Trump accounts which are, Ms. Birnbaum says, “coordinating efforts to promote messages deriding the president, sometimes with graphic or violent language. The researchers found 19 suspicious Instagram accounts that took the lead in promoting anti-Trump content.”

Ghost Data also tracked the damage.

“In total, the posts from the accounts generated have more than 35.2 million interactions, with 3.9 million of those interactions occurring in the last two months. The study concluded that the anti-Trump Instagram campaign has ramped up over the past several months, with the network’s activities swelling ‘dramatically’ since April.”

FAITH VOTERS AND ‘BOLD LEADERSHIP’

A nonpartisan group on a mission to motivate and mobilize Christian voters has good things to say about President Trump’s immigration policy.

“For too long, we have played political games with immigration policy. We’re thankful for the bold leadership of the president. He truly is focused on the best interests of our citizens and those seeking to come to our nation legally,” says Jason Yates, CEO of My Faith Votes, a nonprofit founded four years ago and currently chaired by Mike Huckabee.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson also served in the honorary role prior to his federal service.

“We are particularly encouraged by the president’s priorities to stop the flood of child smuggling, provide legitimate asylum to those who have been persecuted and are in the greatest need of our help, and close loopholes for criminals and gang members,” notes Mr. Yates.

MR. BOLTON AND THE COAST GUARD

An event of note Wednesday: White House National Security Adviser John R. Bolton will deliver the keynote address during the 138th graduation ceremonies at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Also of note: President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the graduating cadets in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Mr. Trump will address the Air Force Academy commencement at month’s end.

There is never a dull moment, meanwhile.

Three activist groups — ANSWER Coalition, Unidad Latina en Accion and Connecticut Peace and Solidarity Coalition — plan to protest Mr. Bolton’s appearance on Wednesday in a local park; they are calling their action “U.S. Hands Off Venezuela and Iran.”

FOXIFIED

Fox News Channel continues to be the most-watched network in the cable realm throughout the day — and comes in a very close second behind ESPN and the NBC playoffs during prime time, when the sports channel drew 2.7 million viewers and Fox News 2.3 million, according to Nielsen Media Research.

As far as news rivals go, there is no contest. As it has for the past 17 years, Fox News bests MSNBC — which drew a prime-time audience of 1.4 million — by almost a million viewers. CNN lagged far behind with 693,000.

Presentations of “Hannity,” “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “The Ingraham Angle” and “The Five” claimed 11 of the top 30 cable telecasts in total viewers. MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” delivered her lowest-rated week of the year in both total viewers and the important 25-54 viewer demographic, according to Nielsen.

An additional programming note: the Fox News town hall with Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg on Sunday drew 1.1 million viewers. When CNN hosted Mr. Buttigieg for a town hall on March 10, the program drew 545,000 viewers. The candidate’s appearance on Fox News also bested CNN’s town hall with Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory A. Booker in March and Amy Klobuchar in April.

POLL DU JOUR

• 85% of Americans say businesses should be required to get consumer approval before using personal data.

• 78% say the Federal Trade Commission should establish a national “do not track” registry that allows consumers to opt out of sharing personal data.

• 73% disapprove of companies selling consumer information to others.

• 67% would like to see consistent government rules on handling consumer data.

Source: A Brookings Institution survey of 2,006 U.S. adult internet users conducted May 8-10 and released Tuesday.

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