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Ready for Bernie? New Poll Says Dems ‘Growing More Economically Liberal’

A new Gallup poll says Democrats have more liberal views on the economy now than they did during the Bush or early Obama years.

Democrats are becoming more liberal on economic issues in the age of Donald Trump, according to a new poll released by Gallup on Friday morning.

Gallup has measured “Economic Ideology” on a three-point scale – conservative, moderate, or liberal – for decades.

Democrats in 2017 are now 15 points more likely to say they’re “liberal” on the economy (33 percent) than “conservative” (18 percent). This 15-point gap is larger than the six-point gap from 2009 to 2012. “Moderate” is still the economic ideology for a plurality (46 percent) of Democrats.

Republicans, meanwhile, are more conservative than the Bush years but more moderate than the Obama years.

Democratic voters’ shift to liberal economic views may pave the way for socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) or a candidate like him to lead the Democratic presidential field in 2020.

Sanders’ platform, though, could cost $40 trillion over 10 years, and add trillions of dollars in taxes to Americans’ bills.

NTK Network has previously covered how Sanders, even if he doesn’t run for president in 2020, could play kingmaker in first-in-the-nation Iowa. He will no doubt play a large and looming role over a more liberal Democratic Party.