For the record, polls at this stage and just about any other stage in the election cycle are absolutely meaningless when it comes to picking winners and losers. One needs only look at the polls leading up to the 2016 election to know this to be true. But we can glean trends and sentiment from them, and the latest poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post points to a reality the RNC (and most of America) has known for a while: Socialism sucks.
Against individual candidates among registered voters, the President is in a virtual tie with all but Joe Biden. But against a candidate the voters believe to be “a socialist,” President Trump leads by 6%. Considering two of the top five Democratic candidates are declared socialists and two others have demonstrated clear socialist leanings, it may be confusing to see the discrepancy. The reason is a lack of understanding among some voters who are not aware Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are unabashed by their socialist tendencies while Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg are toeing the line between being socialists and capitalists.
The radical turn by the Democratic Party’s base over the last three years has been shocking to many as policies continue to be rewritten to match the hyper-leftist approach of the radical progressives in the caucus. They started jumping on the Bernie bandwagon shortly after this election loss in 2016, especially after Hillary Clinton failed to defeat President Trump. Now, many socialists are seeing an opportunity in the changing sentiment of the party plus the perceived weakness of the incumbent as reasons to press their far-left agenda.
As of today, the GOP would be wise to make the socialist label sink into the candidates as they approach their nomination process. But even as frontrunner Biden slips in the polls while attempting to retain his status as the only non-socialist with a shot at this point, criticism from the left have made him appear unsure of his perspectives. He’s been claiming to be a progressive since before he announced his candidacy, but he has recently taken to calling out the far-left since his abysmal debate performance. The numbers seem to support this strategy, but it’s a Catch-22.
If he stays a moderate throughout the nomination process, he has a better chance of winning the general election but a lower chance of securing the nomination. The Justice Democrats have made sure the check-boxes required by presidential candidates include all of the most radical proposals floating around such as open borders, the Green New Deal, and Medicare-for-All.
Speaking of healthcare, there was a fact I didn’t know about single-payer that the poll demonstrated. Support for single-payer health insurance was at 62% in 2003. Today, it’s at 52%.
Funny thing about single-payer health insurance. The more people learn about it, the less appealing it is. New ABC/WaPo poll shows support for #SinglePayer is down 10% from its peak in 2003. And that's BEFORE telling people they can't keep their current health insurance.
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) July 7, 2019
But here’s the truly interesting part. Once people are informed that Medicare-for-All means forcing Medicare to be the sole option for ALL (as the name suggests), support drops even further. I’m still a bit confused why so many Americans are confused by the words “single” in single-payer of “all” in Medicare-for-All. Then again, I still sometimes watch videos of people when they find out Obamacare didn’t mean they got free healthcare. The level of understanding of policies in American is embarrassingly low. Too many people rely on the information supplied to them by their tribe instead of actually trying to understand what’s being proposed.
Once we throw in the border, we seem to have the three vital talking points to hammer into voters for 2020. Socialism is, indeed, awful and the Democrats are pushing it. Single-payer and Medicare-for-All are hated when understood. Lastly, the border… well, we talk enough about the border crisis on this site so readers are very well aware of the potency of that topic come election day.
The strategy by the RNC and White House to slap the “socialist” label on Democrats shouldn’t be difficult. Some Democrats are openly embracing it and others can’t help but push for it in their policies. More Americans need to know this truth.
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