Are 40% of Americans really socialists?

Forty per cent of Americans would rather live in a socialist country than a capitalist one, with a majority of younger women having this preference, according to a new poll conducted for HBO by Axios.

This is a fascinating poll, but there are confused views on the nature of socialism (half thinks it means no democracy) and I see little evidence that Americans are willing to vote in accordance with these supposed views.

You can find out more about the poll here. If you follow the link on that page, you can see the raw data (table 25 is the key one).


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