Note to 2016 Hopefuls: Don't Call Yourself a Socialist or Career Politician
The 2016 presidential race has its first self-described socialist candidate now that longtime Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is running for the Democratic nomination, but most voters see this political label as toxic.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 13% of Likely U.S. Voters would consider it a positive if a political candidate were described as being a socialist. But that's up from eight percent (8%) four years ago. A majority (53%) still sees the socialist label as a negative, down from 58% in the earlier survey, while 28% view it as somewhere in between. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 3-4, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC . See methodology.
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