Most voters view Green New Deal as 'largely socialist,' poll shows

Two-thirds of voters say they view the recently introduced Green New Deal being advocated by progressive lawmakers as "largely socialist," according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll.

Sixty-seven percent of voters surveyed in the poll released Thursday said they view the proposal introduced last month by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezGoya CEO dismisses critics for praise of Trump: 'I'm not apologizing' Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott Hispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyGOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday The Hill's Campaign Report: Jacksonville mandates face coverings as GOP convention approaches Steyer endorses Markey in Massachusetts Senate primary MORE (D-Mass.) as "largely socialist," while 33 percent said they would describe it as "largely capitalist."

While the poll did not gauge support or opposition to the proposal itself, it found that a majority of voters from across the political spectrum view the measure as "largely socialist," including 73 percent of Republicans, 67 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of independents.

The Green New Deal is one of several progressive proposals that has quickly garnered the support of 2020 Democratic White House hopefuls.

Nearly all of the Senate Democrats who are running for president have backed the proposal, while another candidate, Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardFinancial firms facing serious hacking threat in COVID-19 era Gabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D-Hawaii), said last week that she had concerns about the "vagueness" of the measure.

The Hill-HarrisX poll found that other proposals being backed by certain progressives running in 2020 are also viewed as "largely socialist."

Seventy-four percent of respondents said universal daycare, which has been proposed by 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTrump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Pharma pricing is a problem, but antitrust isn't the (only) solution MORE (D-Mass.), was considered "largely socialist," while 26 percent said it was "largely capitalist." 

A majority of voters also said that free college tuition, championed by presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Louisiana primary Oh, Canada: Should the US emulate Canada's National Health Service? Trump glosses over virus surge during Florida trip MORE (I-Vt.), was "largely socialist." Seventy-five percent of registered voters referred to it that way, while 25 percent said it was "largely capitalist."

The survey results come as 2020 candidates work to brand themselves in the crowded Democratic primary field while also distinguishing themselves from other contenders.

Sanders, who ran in 2016, has referred to himself as a "democratic socialist" while fellow 2020 contender Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Senators raise concerns over Facebook's civil rights audit Biden's marijuana plan is out of step with public opinion MORE (D-Calif.) has rejected the term, opting to instead refer to herself as a "progressive Democrat."

The Hill-HarrisX survey of 1,002 registered voters was conducted online from Feb. 23-24. The sampling margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. 

— Julia Manchester