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 TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? MORE said Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Additionally, several prominent Democrats in Congress, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week MORE (I-Vt.) who is running for the Democratic nomination in 2020, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary On The Money: Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' | Frustration builds as infrastructure talks drag MORE (D-N.Y.), describe themselves as democratic socialists.