Are We Socialists? A Poll

I had briefly heard Glenn Beck talking about this poll but wasn’t able to hear his comments in full but I heard enough to think, holy hell!

So, are we [Americans] socialist?

For years I’ve thought we were tending towards socialism and that we would embrace it when and if it came.

I believe that Bush the younger took a big step towards socialism and that president Obama is currently jogging towards socialism and will breakout into a full run very soon.

I want to show you question 32 first.


If you are having trouble reading the text, the question is:

I’m going to read you a list of items, for each one please tell me
whether you think it is the responsibility of the federal government or not.
First, do you think it is the responsibility of the federal government to
[ITEM], or is that not the responsibility of the federal government? (RANDOMIZE)
SCALE: 1. Yes, is responsibility of federal government 2. No, is not the
responsibility of the federal government 3. (Don’t know)

The responses are as follows:

Make sure all Americans have food/ 68% say yes.

Make sure all Americans have health care/ 66% say yes.

Provide housing to those who cannot afford it/ 52% say yes.

Make sure all Americans who want a job, have a job/ 51% say yes.

I think the first question concerning rebuilding communities is also an indicator, but would be better dealt with separately at a different time.

The final question of rescuing failing financial institutions could be considered encouraging, but it really isn’t.

The only reason people say the government should not rescue these organizations is because they [perhaps rightly so] are angry with the organizations.  The American people blame [wrongly so] these financial institutions for our current economic situation and they [the American people] want to see these institutions suffer.

Consider the above responses and then consider along side the following poll questions and responses.


Question 39: Do you think Americans are starting to rely too much on the government and not enough on themselves?

A case of schizophrenia?

The polled persons want the federal government to supply food, health care, employment and housing and at the same time they believe Americans rely too much on government and not enough on ourselves?

Are we socialists?

Yes I think so, reluctant perhaps, but socialists none the less.

There is a lot more to this poll, follow the link at the beginning of this post to see the whole of the poll. I thought the whole of the poll is disturbingly revealing.


2 Responses

  1. Hi Nikki.

    You are right of course, many things are and have been socialized for a very long time. Government education and Social Security are both colossal failures.

    Socialized health care works only for a brief moment in time until the costs begin to catch up. A large number of nations that currently have socialized medicine are moving towards private health care because socialized health care is failing.

    I disagree that too many people are afraid of socialism, I believe not enough people are afraid of it. We have endless examples throughout history that socialism destroys nations and individuals.

    As well this nation was founded as a Republic, our founding documents must either be ignored or removed in order for socialism to take root in this nation.

    Socialism makes serfs of the people and removes self determination.

    I have six children, I want them to be able to determine the course of their life and succeed or fail based upon their talents and their efforts.

    In short, I want them to be free men and women.

    Do you happen to use Twitter?
    If so use the has tag #tcot and ask anyone to answer why they reject socialism, you’ll have some great conversations.

    You can also look for me there as @rfburnhertz

  2. education is socialized…. oh and so is Social Security and a number of other “american” things. So what’s the big deal if every American wants the government to provide them with Health Care? Too many people are afriad of socailist plans because they are really ignorant.

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