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 SandersHouse Democrats to keep minimum wage hike in COVID-19 relief bill for Friday vote Sanders slams parliamentarian decision on minimum wage Parliamentarian nixes minimum wage hike in coronavirus bill MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Becerra says he wants to 'build on' ObamaCare when pressed on Medicare for All 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.