Poll: Socialism seen as the welfare state, not the one-party state

Overall, however, Americans tend to have a negative opinion of socialism. 30% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the ideology, while 46% have a negative opinion of socialism. Democrats (47%) are predictably more well disposed towards socialism than Republicans (9%), but age is also a significant factor. Under-30s tend to have favorable opinion of socialism, 43% to 30%. Americans aged 30 to 44 are evenly split, 34% to 35%. Most Americans aged 45 or older have an unfavorable opinion of socialism.