New polls suggest what we expected over the past few weeks, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is surging in the polls. A recent poll shows that she has overtaken former VP Joe Biden by 2 points. The same poll shows that Sen. Bernie Sanders support has dropped to 11%, where he is in a close to falling from the top tier.
The same poll shows that Sen. Warren is the one candidate who has made strides in views of being electable and in favorability. While this shows some good news for Warren, the Democratic Party should be concerned with other information in the poll that could spell trouble should she win the nomination.
In the same poll, less than half of those surveyed supported the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, Free College Tuition, or simply moving the country into a socialist direction. This is a far cry from Elizabeth Warren’s policy positions. Warren has been an outspoken supporter of all 3 of these positions. Each time a more radical “socialist” position comes, she is quick to jump on to support.
The division can really be seen when compared between Warren and Biden supporters. Warren supporters (64%) support all of the above mentioned socialist policies including an assault weapons ban and raising taxes on the wealthy. Of Biden supporters, only 29% said they felt the same way.
Sen. Warren has the excitement behind her to win a primary, but this should cause some concerns to Democrats. Overwhelmingly, the American people do not feel that socialism is compatible with American values. A poll back in May by Monmouth University shows that only 10% of American have a positive view of socialism.
The true divide comes among generational gaps. Younger Americans (not all) are supportive of socialist ideas and programs. Most older Americans support traditional capitalism. Recent polls support this statement. As the linked article discusses, a lack of education in how the markets work as well as the fact that the younger generation believes you can simply legislate prosperity leads to the support.
So while Elizabeth Warren is basking in this great poll for her campaign, generally speaking she and all other Democrats should be worried. The American people are not interested in moving to socialism and are not excited about the programs that they present.
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