- The Washington Times - Monday, August 13, 2018

Democrats view socialism more positively than capitalism, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

Fifty-seven percent of Democrats in the poll hold a positive view of socialism, compared to 47 percent of Democrats who hold a positive view about capitalism, Gallup found.

The percentage of Democrats who view socialism positively remained relatively unchanged since 2016, but the percentage of Democrats who view capitalism positively saw a 9-point decline in that time.

The poll also found a 12-point decline in young adults’ positive views of capitalism since 2016. Their views toward socialism is also down four percentage points since 2016.

The Gallup poll, conducted over the phone between July 30 and Aug. 5, did not define “socialism” or “capitalism” but simply asked respondents whether their opinion of each was positive or negative.

The information comes amid a national debate about so-called “democratic socialism” and how it will fit in the Democratic Party’s messaging going into the midterm elections. Several Democratic candidates have publicly embraced the “socialist” label, while moderates have made strides to distance themselves from the ideology.

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