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 SandersWarren raised more money from Big Tech employees than other 2020 Democrats: Report Krystal Ball reacts to Ocasio-Cortez endorsing Sanders: 'Class power over girl power' Saagar Enjeti praises Yang for bringing threat of automation to forefront at Ohio debate MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' Booker endorses Lipinski challenger Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings MORE (D-N.Y.) identify as democratic socialists.

Republicans, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE, have labeled various Democrats and Democratic policies as "socialist" in an attempt to paint them as extreme. 

— Julia Manchester