TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira and John Halpin have unearthed an interesting statistic about the relative popularity of two ideas much in the news these days:
The numbers don’t lie.
The percentage of Americans viewing “The Tea Party movement” favorably: 37 percent. The percentage of Americans with a positive image of “socialism”: 36 percent. (Both sources, Gallup).
The term “Socialism” has apparently lost much of its ‘boogeyman’ stigma, while the tea partyers are not as popular as the right-wing echo chamber says. As Halpin and Teixeira point out, “Although the question wording is not exactly the same, the point is obvious. You can find roughly 4 in 10 Americans who will give a positive rating to just about anything in politics that they know little about.”