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 SandersIntercept bureau chief says congressional progressives looking to become stronger force in 2021 Obama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions Americans have a choice: Socialized medicine or health care freedom MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Defense: Dems want hearing on DOD role on coronavirus vaccine | US and India sign data-sharing pact | American citizen kidnapped in Niger Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls Senate Democrats want hearing on Pentagon vaccine effort 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.