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 SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' report | Climate change erases millennia of cooling: study | Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget Sanders calls for social distancing, masks and disinfection on planes as flights operate at full capacity Nina Turner addresses Biden's search for a running mate MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHispanic Caucus asks Trump to rescind invitation to Mexican president Nadler wins Democratic primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue MORE (D-N.Y.) identify as democratic socialists.

Republicans, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE, have labeled various Democrats and Democratic policies as "socialist" in an attempt to paint them as extreme. 

— Julia Manchester