How Bernie Sanders Changed the Word ‘Socialism’ in the U.S.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders may not win the Democratic presidential nominee this year, but he has already changed how American politics relates to the word “socialism.”

A self-described “democratic socialist,” Sanders has not backed down from the word in his presidential campaign, despite criticism from Republicans and questions from journalists about it.

But that’s not hurt him as it might have candidates of years past, in part because younger voters have a different impression of socialism than those who grew up during the Cold War.

In one recent survey by YouGov, voters aged 18 to 29 were the only age group to report more favorable than unfavorable opinions of socialism, by 43% to 26%.

Watch the above video to learn more about how that might affect U.S. politics in the future.

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