Guess what, Fox and the Tea Party, your attempt at demonizing progressives isn’t working. Americans love us! In a Pew poll, ‘progressive’ was the most popular political term, at a whopping 67% seeing the word in a positive light and just 22% as negative. Next was the word ‘conservative,’ at 62% positive and 30% negative. The word ‘liberal’ is more popular than unpopular, with 50% and 30% respectively.
‘Libertarian,’ the often perceived word du jour, was the second least popular word, at 38% positive and 37% negative. It was followed only by ‘socialism,’ at 31% positive and 60% negative. The word ‘capitalism’ had a 50% positive rating and a 30% negative rating.