Women immediately raised up their voices after Donald Trump became president. It began with the 2017 Woman’s March in Washington that exceeded the president’s crowd numbers by far. Then, women across the country began to take office from school boards to U.S. Senate seats. When women have an equal voice, they will move this nation to a far different and far better place. A recent poll just came out with a remarkable finding.
The Harris poll for Axios on HBO asked people about socialism. The word “socialism” used to carry a lot of negative meaning. All that has changed as the Democratic candidates have explained what Democratic socialism really is.
The poll showed that four out of 10 Americans say they would prefer a socialist country over a capitalist one. Capitalism has not worked for many people, with the economic table tilted away from them and toward those one percenters who make most of the country’s wealth.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most popular new Democrats. She worked on Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) campaign. They have both done a great deal to explain the concept of Democratic socialism.
Women wanted socialism to a surprising extent. Fifty-five percent of them between ages 18 and 54 would have preferred a socialist country compared to a capitalist one. Interestingly enough, the majority of men preferred a capitalist nation, according to Axios:
Axios’ Felix Salmon said on Axios on HBO:
‘It’s been a truth of American politics for decades that women are to the left of men, and I think that’s playing out in this poll.’
The Harris poll showed these amazing results, especially when it came to what a socialist political country would be:
- ‘Universal healthcare: 76%
- Tuition-free education: 72%
- Living wage: 68%
- State-controlled economy: 66%
- State control and regulation of private property: 61%
- High taxes for the rich: 60%
- State-controlled media and communication: 57%
- Strong environmental regulations: 56%
- High public spending: 55%
- Government democratizes private businesses — that is, gives workers control over them — to the greatest extent possible: 52%
- System dependent on dictatorship: 49%
- Workers own and control their places of employment: 48%
- Democratically elected government: 46%’
Axios’ Alexi McCammond commented on Axios on HBO:
‘We’ve seen this pattern of behavior where women are turning out in higher numbers as voters and as candidates than we’ve ever seen. They’re getting elected in higher numbers than before. They’re pushing the conversation in different ways’
Then, she added:
‘They’re looking for someone, a candidate on either side, who’ll support this idea of a socialist country that they want to live in.’
In an interview with The Business Insider, Ocasio-Cortex explained:
‘We’re talking about single-payer health care that has already been successful in many different models, from Finland to Canada to the UK.’
The new representative further explained why a living wage was so important:
‘(For) basic levels of dignity so that no person in America is too poor to live. That’s what democratic socialism means in 2018, and not this kind of McCarthyism Red Scare of a past era.’
‘I think so many New Yorkers remember the morning after the election because the election, of course, was on a Tuesday, and most of us had to go to work the next day. I remember taking the six train downtown the morning after the election, and it was quiet. It was so quiet on the subways, and we’re talking about the train car was packed, absolutely packed with people, and you could just feel the heaviness on every single train car.’