February 18, 2020 | From Newsweek
Just over three-quarters of Democratic voters said that they would vote to elect a socialist president, according to poll results from Gallup.
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The poll, conducted between January 16 and 29, asked respondents whether they identified as Republican, Democrat or independent and questioned them about their willingness to vote for candidates with “diverse characteristics.”
“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,” read the poll question, according to Gallup. “If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be [characteristic], would you vote for that person?”
When it came to candidates who were socialists, Democrats were most likely to answer that they would vote for them. Seventy-six percent of Democrats said they would back a socialist candidate, compared with 17 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents.
At the February 7 Democratic debate, a moderator asked the candidates whether they would be bothered if a democratic socialist—presumably one like Sanders—represented the party in the general election. Only one candidate, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, raised her hand.
(Excerpt from Newsweek. Article by Hunter Moyler.)