...There have been modest movements in favor of socialism among the youngest and oldest age groups. Positive views towards socialism remain a minority opinion, but among 18 to 29-year-olds the split has gone from 36% favorable and 31% unfavorable in May 2015 to 43% favorable and 26% unfavorable today. Negative opinions among Americans aged 65 and up fell from 70% to 60% over the same period....


...In November, Bernie Sanders delivered a speech aimed at clarifying what he means when he says he is a “democratic socialist”, drawing a link between his views and the outlooks of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Only 18% of Americans say it is specifically the “democratic socialist” label that would make them less likely to vote for the Vermont senator. The number is lower among Democrats and Independents (15%) than Republicans (25%). 23% of Democrats even say the phrase makes them more likely to back Sanders. But most Americans say the label makes no difference – 39% wouldn’t support Sanders anyway, and 13% would support him regardless....