Majority in new poll says they would not vote for socialist: Gallup

A majority of Americans surveyed in a new poll said they would not vote for a socialist candidate for president, with the most opposition coming from Republican voters. 

Asked whether they would vote for their party nominee who was a “generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be socialist,” just 45 percent said yes and 53 percent said no, according to the Gallup poll released Tuesday. 

The acceptance for a socialist nominee is 2 percentage points lower in the recent poll than when Gallup asked the same question in June 2015. 


Democrats are much more likely to say they would vote for a socialist, based on the new poll. Gallup found that 76 percent of Democrats said they would vote for a socialist, whereas just 17 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents said the same. 

The situation could play out in the November elections, with President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE and his allies already slamming the Democrats as socialists. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersStudy: Early unemployment cutoff would cost 16M people 0B Machine Gun Kelly reveals how Bernie Sanders aided him in his relationship with Megan Fox Overnight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response MORE (I-Vt.), a leading candidate in the race, has also openly described himself as a democratic socialist. 

The term "democratic socialist" does not appear to have been polled by Gallup in its survey. 

One of Sanders’s top opponents, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Overnight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart MORE, has said that having the Vermont senator on the top of the ticket could create a battle for down-ballot candidates in moderate races. 

Gallup also surveyed Americans on their willingness to vote for candidates with other diverse characteristics, several of which are identifying factors for some of this year’s Democratic presidential candidates. 


Gallup found that 93 percent of surveyed Americans said they would vote for a woman, a 1-point increase since 2015, when Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit More than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows MORE was on her way to becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party.

Gallup has reported a steady increase in Americans' willingness to vote for a woman since it started asking the question in 1958, when just 54 percent of Americans said they’d vote for a female candidate. 

Three women remain in the 2020 field, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren says Republican Party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' Briahna Joy Gray: Warren not endorsing Sanders in 2020 was 'really frustrating' McConnell hits Democratic critics of Israel MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar Klobuchar offers tribute to her father, who died Wednesday The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Senate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill MORE (D-Minn.) and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardFox News says network and anchor Leland Vittert have 'parted ways' New co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials Tulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' MORE (D-Hawaii), after an unprecedented number of women ran at the beginning of the primary. 

The new Gallup poll also found that 93 percent of Americans said they would vote for a Jewish candidate. Sanders would be the first Jewish nominee for president and the first Jewish president if ultimately successful. 

Americans have become increasingly willing to vote for a gay or lesbian candidate since Gallup began asking the question in 1983, according to the poll. Gallup found that 78 percent of Americans, including 89 percent of Democrats, said they would vote for a gay candidate, based on the poll.  


More than eight in 10 independents — 82 percent — and 62 percent of Republicans also said they would vote for a gay or lesbian presidential candidate. 

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden says he and GOP both 'sincere about' seeking infrastructure compromise The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Colonial pays hackers as service is restored The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden expresses optimism on bipartisanship; Cheney ousted MORE (D) is the first openly gay major presidential candidate. He would become the first openly gay presidential nominee and first gay president if elected. 

Gallup surveyed 1,033 adults from Jan. 16 to 29. There is a margin of error of 4 percentage points.