Most Democrats say they would vote for a democratic socialist

Most Democrats would back a democratic socialist for public office, according to a Hill-HarrisX poll released on Wednesday.

The survey found that 75 percent of Democratic voters said they would support a candidate who embraced the label, while 26 percent of Republicans and 36 percent of independents said the same.

Younger voters were also more likely to throw their support behind a self-described democratic socialist.

Seventy-four percent of those aged 18-34 said they would back a candidate with the tag, compared to 52 percent of those aged 35-49 and 30 percent of those aged 50-64.

However, voters were nearly evenly split on the term overall: 48 percent of those polled said they would support a democratic socialist, while 52 percent said they would not.

The survey comes as a number of progressive Democrats, including Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Trump blasts Schumer over 'incorrect sound bites' on coronavirus Trump warns against 'partisan investigations' after Pelosi establishes select committee on virus response MORE (D-N.Y.), embrace the label.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report We're at war and need wartime institutions to keep our economy producing what's necessary Larry David: Bernie Sanders should drop out of 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.) has become one of the most prominent democratic socialists in the country as the only Democratic presidential candidate to self-identify as one in the 2020 race.

Over the summer, Sanders defended his core political philosophy following criticism from Republican and even some of his Democratic presidential opponents who have branded it as being too radical.

The Vermont senator cast his democratic socialist agenda as a continuation of former President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal that would expand economic rights and counter President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report MORE’s brand of nationalism.

The Hill-HarrisX survey was conducted online among 523 registered voters between Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. The margin of error for the full sampling is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn