Part of the United States approved of the New Deal. The elderly received Social Security checks. Union leaders had more power to collectively bargain. Many people throughout the Southeast received flood control, fertilizer, and cheaper electricity through TVA. Bank account holders liked having their deposits insured. Smaller investors appreciated having a fiscal watchdog who would blow the whistle on corruption such as insider trading. Farmers now had price floors for their crops. People employed in the humanities liked the Works Progress Administration since they were paid to put on performances and paint murals. Young men found employment in the Civilian Conservation Corps.
There were many people who did not like the New Deal. Many saw it as governmental overreach and thought the United States was turning to socialism. Some saw TVA as an infringement on private electricity companies—one of its key opponents was Wendell Wilkie, the 1940 Republican challenger. Some saw the new programs as being inefficient and too expensive. Other critics claimed that the rich would have to pay more in taxes in order to subsidize the poor. Sharecroppers were pushed off their land as large farmers were paid to produce less cotton. Some people such as Huey Long did not think that the New Deal went far enough and that the nation should embrace more socialism policies.