Obama Socialist Charge Is Catching On

New Pew poll gauging President Obama's 100 days finds more chatter about socialism than change.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

It's still a tiny number in his surveys, but Pew pollster Andrew Kohut is finding evidence that the right's charge that President Obama's policies are socialist is gaining steam at the same time that references to the Obama campaign's theme of change are dropping. "It's in the conversation for people who are critical of Barack Obama," Kohut says of the word socialist. In his latest survey, 20 out of 742 people offered "socialist" when describing Obama, up from 13 in February and six in September. "Change," meanwhile, was mentioned by 10, down from 17 in February and 36 in September. "It's registering," Kohut said of the socialist charge lobbed by conservatives. Nonetheless, Kohut's Pew Research Center for the People and the Press poll found that most people view Obama favorably and as one who is trying to change politics in Washington.

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