Four in 10 Americans say they would prefer living in a socialist country rather than a capitalist one, according to a Harris poll for “Axios on HBO” released on Monday.
Women are particularly more likely to like that option, with 55 percent of females between the ages of 18 and 54 preferring to reside in a socialist country, while the majority of men prefer to live in a capitalist country.
“It’s been a truth of American politics for decades that women are to the left of men, and I think that’s playing out in this poll,” Axios’ Felix Salmon said.
Axios’ Alexi McCammond added that “We’ve seen this pattern of behavior where women are turning out in higher numbers as voters and as candidates than we’ve ever seen. They’re getting elected in higher numbers than before. They’re pushing the conversation in different ways.”
Other results from the survey show:
Respondents disagree over what makes up a socialist political system, with the highest percentage, 76 percent, saying that universal health care is a socialist quality.
Tuition free education is a feature of a socialist system, according to 72 percent of those surveyed, while a living wage and state controlled economy, at 68 percent and 66 percent respectively, were next on the list for what defines a socialist system.