The perception that America is turning more socialist is not just a fringe view, according to a Monitor/TIPP poll. Debate over the size of government could influence November elections.
That finding, contained in a new nationwide poll, highlights a central debate in the 2012 election campaign and a major challenge for President Obama.
The “socialist state” survey is just one many indicators that Americans are worried that the federal government is growing too large – a feeling that works against Mr. Obama’s reelection hopes.
In a Christian Science Monitor/Investor’s Business Daily/TIPP poll completed last week, 40 percent of respondents generally agreed with the statement: “The US is evolving into a socialist state.”That outnumbered the 36 percent who disagreed. About one-quarter of respondents expressed a neutral view or said they were unsure.