This has always been a thing. But are people catching on and waking up to what it really is, hollow promises. Right now it's being hit pretty hard. More entitlements, handouts and fake accents. But does that work, do people fall for it?
Does political pandering work?
Another problem is that gullibility and ignorance can be considered a lucrative market, and promoted industrially. Not only can people fall for it, but its conceivable that people may be encompassed by it in at least some aspects.
Perhaps I'm being unrealistic in that after all this time, those type of people would be such a small fraction as to be inconsequential. Thinking on it, you are right. This is evidenced by the Socialist followers and promoters. Socialism is socialism no matter what catch phrase you try to hide it as. There seems to be a lot of people yearning for their gilded cages.