House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has spent more than three decades representing the people of California, rising to a position that makes her, arguably, the most powerful woman in the country, if not the world.
The house speaker, as such, fields many questions, not just about her own politics, but that of those in her party. Recently the Democratic Party has seen a rise in the ideals of Democratic-socialism, something that Pelosi considers to be bad for her party, and the nation.
“By and large, whatever orientation they came to Congress with, they know that we have to hold the center. That we have to be down the mainstream,” Pelosi said.
The host then pointed out that Pelosi is constantly looking to minimize the rifts in her party, but without showing evidence of unification.
Can the Speaker of the House unify the Democratic party while getting pushback from the left and self-described democratic socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? https://t.co/f4VUYTYIdw pic.twitter.com/a9wOobPj5g
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) April 14, 2019
When asked pointedly what she believes about socialism as an ideology, Pelosi said that she rejects it.
“I do reject socialism as an economic system. If people have that view, that’s their view. That is not the view of the Democratic Party,” Pelosi said on CBS, according to The Daily Caller.
However, while Pelosi stands against the movement even further to the left, it appears, due to recent polling, that her constituency might now.
Last year’s Gallup poll on the issue of socialism, found that Democratic voters viewed socialism more favorably than capitalism for the first time in Gallup’s history polling the question, according to the Caller.
A separate Fox News poll done in January saw 40 percent of Democrats contending that the progressive governmental theory was a “good thing” for “the United States to move away from capitalism and more toward socialism,” while 34 percent said it would be a “bad thing.”
A February Fox poll then found that 43 percent of Democrats questioned had a favorable view of socialism, and just 39 percent had an unfavorable view the Daily Caller reported.