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I think we’re mainly talking about a change in labeling.
At any point 10 years ago, or 20 years ago, or 30, or 40, you could have asked Democrats if they preferred a system largely driven by state command-and-control, or by the free market, and they would have told you they preferred the former. They’ve always trusted the political class more than the business class, and they’ve always thought unfettered capitalism was inherently unjust and needed to be reined in by politicians.
Difference - Past - Thought - Capitalism - B
The difference is that in the past they either a) thought that was capitalism; or b) were told they’d better pretend to like capitalism because it was a bridge too far politically to admit they really preferred socialism. Now they’ve either figured out what they were in favor of all along, or decided it was no longer a problem to admit it.
I actually think the splits here are understated. Democrats really prefer socialism to capitalism much more overwhelmingly than this. But the question here was not which one they prefer more than the other. You can say you have a positive view of both, which is why the two add up to more than 100. When you think about it, that makes this result even more stunning:
Time - Gallup - Measurement - Decade - Democrats
For the first time in Gallup’s measurement over the past decade, Democrats have a more positive image of socialism than they do of capitalism. Attitudes toward socialism among Democrats have not changed materially since 2010, with 57% today having a positive view. The major change among Democrats has been a less upbeat attitude toward capitalism, dropping to 47% positive this year — lower than in any of the three previous measures. Republicans remain much more positive about capitalism than about socialism, with little sustained change in their views of either since 2010.
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