Most Americans WON’T Vote for Socialist: Poll

( – The latest poll by Gallup shows something that most normal people probably could have told you already; the majority of Americans will not vote for a socialist.

The news came just hours before New Hampshire voters turned out to choose their preferred Democratic presidential candidate.

Gallup’s full report was entitled “Socialism and Atheism Still U.S. Political Liabilities” and it set out poll results showing that American voters were turned off by atheist and socialist beliefs.

Highlights of the report included the finding that more than 90% of voters would support a candidate who was “black, Catholic, Hispanic, a woman or Jewish.” However, it also found that smaller majorities were willing to support “atheist, Muslim presidential candidates.”

The report read:

“More than nine in 10 Americans say they would vote for a presidential candidate nominated by their party who happened to be black, Catholic, Hispanic, Jewish or a woman. Such willingness drops to eight in 10 for candidates who are evangelical Christians or are gays or lesbians. Between six and seven in 10 would vote for someone who is under 40 years of age, over 70, a Muslim or an atheist.

Just one group tested — socialists — receives majority opposition. Less than half of Americans, 45%, say they would vote for a socialist for president, while 53% say they would not.”

The findings were based on the following question:

“Between now and the 2020 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidates — their education, age, religion, race and so on. If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be [characteristic], would you vote for that person?”

In response to the question, 45% of respondents said yes and 53% said no. The report found that the willingness of voters to support a socialist actually decreased by two percentage points since the last poll in summer 2015.

The results of the poll almost certainly paint a bad picture for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, whose whole platform is built on redistributing wealth and being unashamed about his socialism.

Sanders is known for utilizing the phrase “democratic socialism” in an attempt to soften the blow, but Gallup’s poll did not make any mention of the term. Until studies are done on this, or until Sanders faces off against Trump in a presidential election, we won’t know whether voters feel the addition of the word “democratic” means all that much.