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Economic Optimism at 16 Year High, Many Say They are “Better off” Under Trump

Under President Trump, Americans are more optimistic about their personal finances, and many say they are “better off” than just one year ago, according to a Washington Examiner report of a recent Gallup survey.

A whopping 69 percent of respondents told Gallup they believe their personal finances will improve over the next year. That percentage is just shy of the record high of 71 percent set in 1998 under Bill Clinton.

Fifty percent said they expect to be “better off” than just one year ago–marking the first time that number has been reached since 2007.

The number of Americans saying they are worse off than one year ago has dropped to the lowest level since October 2000.

Gallup writes:

Ten years ago, as the Great Recession neared its end, the percentage saying their finances had improved from the previous year was at a record low of 23%. More than half the public, 54%, said they were worse off. Now, with unemployment below 1998 levels and the job market growing steadily, the number saying they are worse off than a year ago has dropped to 26%, the lowest level since October 2000.

Fox News Poll: Plurality of Democrats Want U.S. to Move Towards Socialism

The latest Fox News poll finds that a plurality of Democrats think it would be a “good thing” for the United States to move towards more socialism.

Voters were asked if it was a “good thing or a bad thing for the United States to move away from capitalism and more toward socialism.”

Forty percent of Democrats said it would be good, while only 34 percent said it would be bad.

Fox News reports:

Among all voters polled, 54 percent said a move toward socialism would be bad, with only 24 percent saying it would be good. Republicans were more united against the shift, with 80 percent saying socialism would be a bad move, and eight percent saying it would be good.

The results of the Fox poll come on the heels of a Gallup poll from earlier this month which found that Democrats now view socialism more favorably than capitalism.

“For the first time in Gallup’s measurement over the past decade, Democrats have a more positive image of socialism than they do of capitalism,” states the report.

“Attitudes toward socialism among Democrats have not changed materially since 2010, with 57% today having a positive view. The major change among Democrats has been a less upbeat attitude toward capitalism, dropping to 47% positive this year — lower than in any of the three previous measures. Republicans remain much more positive about capitalism than about socialism, with little-sustained change in their views of either since 2010.”

Disturbing Poll: Democrats are Now More Positive About Socialism Than Capitalism

Democrats now view socialism more favorably than capitalism, according to a recent Gallup survey reported on by Breitbart.

“For the first time in Gallup’s measurement over the past decade, Democrats have a more positive image of socialism than they do of capitalism,” states the report.

“Attitudes toward socialism among Democrats have not changed materially since 2010, with 57% today having a positive view. The major change among Democrats has been a less upbeat attitude toward capitalism, dropping to 47% positive this year — lower than in any of the three previous measures. Republicans remain much more positive about capitalism than about socialism, with little sustained change in their views of either since 2010.”

Socialism is still more appealing to younger Americans than older Americans, who consistently view capitalism more favorably.

Young Americans aged 18-29 have a 51% positive view of socialism and 45% positive view of capitalism. These numbers represent a 12-point decline in younger American’s positive views of capitalism in the past two years. It also “marked shift since 2010, when 68% viewed it positively. Meanwhile, young people’s views of socialism have fluctuated somewhat from year to year, but the 51% with a positive view today is the same as in 2010.”

Poll: “Government” is Top Problem for Americans

A new Gallup survey conducted after the 2018 midterm elections finds that government is the “top problem” to Americans, followed by immigration.

CNSNews reports:

In the survey…the polling firm asked Americans about the country’s top problems and then listed those issues that were “mentioned by at least 3% of respondents.”

Nineteen percent of respondents cited “government” as the problem, making it the top issue of concern. In second place came “immigration,” cited by 16% of the respondents. However, when broken down politically, 29% of Republicans said immigration is a problem but only 7% of Democrats said the same.

Gallup states, “The government has commonly been cited in recent years as the most important problem facing the country, with the problem having received or been tied for the most mentions — 22 times in the last 24 months.”

Topics of less concern for Americans include “unifying the country (which 8% believe is a problem), unemployment/jobs (which 3% believe is a problem) and “gun control” (again, a topic that only 3% of respondents believe is a problem).

Five percent also said healthcare was the top problem.