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-CortezOvernight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus Ocasio-Cortez blasts coronavirus stimulus package as 'shameful' on House floor Oil price drop threatens US fracking boom MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyHillicon Valley: Twitter says Chinese official's virus disinformation doesn't violate rules | Hackers target WHO | Senators urge agencies to stop coronavirus robocalls Senators urge FCC, DOJ to combat coronavirus robocalls Democrats fume over GOP coronavirus bill: 'Totally inadequate' 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 Gabbard20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order The Hill's Morning Report — ,000,000,000,000: GOP unveils historic US rescue effort Gillibrand endorses Biden for president 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 WarrenHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men 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 SandersHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race 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: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men 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