President Obama is a progressive. As such, he famously said that he favored spreading the wealth around for the benefit of the poor. I am paraphrasing, the video is below where you can see the full conversation in context.
This belief, that wealth should be seized by the state from the rich and distributed by the state as the state sees fit, is a central tenet of both Socialism and Communism. The only difference in how either treats the concept is really only a matter of degrees. It is probably best summed up by Karl Marx when he said "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs."
Gallup recently produced a poll on changing beliefs on redistribution of wealth. Their poll found that 71% of Democrats, 43% of Independents, and 28% of Republicans believe that the government should redistribute the wealth of the rich to the less rich.
Progressivism, made so popular by President Obama, seems to have completely dominated the Democratic Party and is beginning to more significantly influence both the Republican and Independent parties.