Fewer than 1 in 5 see socialism favorably: poll
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Fewer than one in five Americans view socialism favorably, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll published Sunday.

The poll found that 18 percent of Americans have a positive view of socialism, compared to 50 percent who view it negatively. The poll found opposite perspectives on capitalism, with 50 percent saying they view it favorably and 19 percent reporting that they see it negatively.

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The poll also found that only 25 percent of Americans are enthusiastic or comfortable with a socialist becoming the next president.

The poll's results are based on interviews with 900 Americans from Feb. 24 to Feb. 27. The poll has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.

The revelations come as Republicans have recently described several Democratic proposals, such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, as socialism.

"We believe in the American dream, not the socialist nightmare,” President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE said Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Additionally, several prominent Democrats in Congress, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSaagar Enjeti says Buttigieg's release of McKinsey client list shows he 'caved to public pressure' Sanders endorses Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur for Katie Hill's former House seat Biden hires Clinton, O'Rourke alum as campaign's digital director MORE (I-Vt.) who is running for the Democratic nomination in 2020, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump tweet mocking Greta Thunberg sparks backlash The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Tucker Carlson as 'white supremacist sympathizer' MORE (D-N.Y.), describe themselves as democratic socialists.