- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 23, 2020

It’s just not hip anymore — or maybe it never was.

Three-fourths of likely U.S. voters reject socialism, despite positive reviews of the belief system from activists, progressives, the popular press and some elected officials. A new Heartland Institute poll simply asked U.S. voters if they prefer a free-market economic system over a socialist economic system.

“Likely voters hate socialism,” the organization said.

“Despite the countless calls for more socialism among elites in media and Hollywood, Americans aren’t interested in adopting the same socialist policies that have led to mass poverty wherever they have been tried,” the Illinois-based nonprofit said in a statement released Wednesday.

The poll found that 75% of respondents favored a free-market economic system, while 11% sided with socialism, and the rest were undecided.

“The vast majority of likely voters believe that the United States should embrace a free-market economy. Only a sliver of likely voters think that the United States should abandon the free-market capitalistic policies that are responsible for making the United States the wealthiest nation in world history,” the organization said.

“Interestingly, most likely voters also have a decidedly negative view of one of America’s most prominent socialists, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat,” the poll analysis said.

Six-out-of-10 respondents — 58% — had an unfavorable impression of the lawmaker while 37% said their impression was favorable and 15% were not sure.

The poll of 1,000 likely U.S. voters was conducted Dec. 6-7 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1 to 3 percentage points.

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