Poll: Socialism gaining in popularity

Poll: Socialism gaining in popularity

Socialism is becoming more popular among women, according to a new poll conducted for "Axios on HBO." 

The Harris poll found 55 percent of women between 18 and 54 would rather live in a socialist country than a capitalist one. However, a majority of men surveyed would prefer to live in a capitalist country, according to the poll. 

Respondents also disagree over what makes up a socialist political system, pollsters found. 


Universal health care is a socialist quality, according to 76 percent, as is tuition-free education, according to 72 percent. 

Less than half of respondents, 46 percent, said democratically elected governments were part of a socialist political system. 

The findings may play out in the Democratic presidential primary, where candidates are trying to break through the crowded field by defining their visions for America. 

Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record The Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Environmental activists interrupt Buttigieg in New Hampshire Pence to visit Iowa days before caucuses MORE (D-Mass.) are both seen as progressive lawmakers with policy proposals popular on the left. Sanders has branded himself for years as a democratic socialist, whereas Warren has been clear to state she is a capitalist.