POLITICO Playbook: New ‘socialism’ polling, and Kevin Madden’s new gig

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GOP polling in 30 congressional districts found that socialism, broadly speaking, is unpopular, but Republicans have work to do if they want to tarnish some key Democratic proposals. | Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

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NEW … UNLESS YOU’VE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK, you’re well aware that Republicans are trying to make the 2020 elections about Democrats embracing socialism. Congressional leaders say it with regularity, and even President DONALD TRUMP dips his toe in these waters.

THE AMERICAN ACTION NETWORK — a center-right group that supports House GOP-linked policies — just conducted a relatively major research project, in which they polled 30 House districts: 10 that were Trump districts in 2016, 12 that were battlegrounds and eight suburban districts.

THE MAIN TAKEAWAYS are that socialism, broadly


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