Gallup editor-in-chief: Democratic socialist parties in Europe have popularized the political philosophy

Gallup Editor-in-Chief Mohamed Younis told Hill.TV on Friday that democratic socialist parties in Western Europe have contributed to the growing popularity of the political philosophy.

"We've seen democratic socialist parties in Western Europe rise to leadership and play very critical roles in really key countries in Europe," Younis told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

"France, for example, was led by President [Francois] Hollande, a socialist, but a democratic socialist who clearly had a different definition of socialism, if you will, than the government completely controlling the means of production," Younis said. "Now, when you look at how the private sector operates in France compared to the United States, it is a very dramatic difference."

Popular progressives in the U.S. such as Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOmar responds to 'send her back' chant with Maya Angelou quote Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' Trump refers to Ocasio-Cortez as just 'Cortez' because it 'takes too much time' to say full name MORE (D-N.Y.) identify as democratic socialists.

Republicans, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpPentagon sending 500 more troops to Saudi Arabia: reports Dozens of British lawmakers stand behind 'Squad' amid Trump attacks #IStandWithIlhan trends after crowd at Trump rally chants 'Send her back' MORE, have labeled various Democrats and Democratic policies as "socialist" in an attempt to paint them as extreme. 

— Julia Manchester