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Fewer than 1 in 5 see socialism favorably: poll

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.

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 Trump said Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Additionally, several prominent Democrats in Congress, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who is running for the Democratic nomination in 2020, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), describe themselves as democratic socialists. 

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