Nancy Pelosi famously remarked following the passage of ObamaCare that “we had to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.” Had we known before what was in it, is there any doubt that it wouldn’t have been passed? Even Pelosi must be aware of that.
In fact, it’s more often than not the case that liberal policies poll extremely well right up until the point when people find out what is in them. Support for Medicare for all falls from 70% to 34% when you mention taxes. For paid family leave, the drop in support is from 75% to 21%. That trend holds true among countless liberal causes. For as much as the average person expresses concern over the environment, most aren’t willing to spend an extra $10 a month to fight climate change.
The same phenominon is holding true among our nation’s impressionable minds. According to Campus Reform: Among those most supportive of the plan are college students, who are more likely than older generations to support socialist ideas and candidates. Wanting to see whether they would support Medicare for All and if that support would change once they heard what was actually in it, Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips headed to George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Asking first whether they viewed the plan favorably or unfavorably, the results were near-universal.