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Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont,, left, and Hillary Rodham Clinton laugh during the CNN Democratic presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont,, left, and Hillary Rodham Clinton laugh during the CNN Democratic presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is a self-avowed Democratic socialist. By calling himself that, he is reclaiming a title that has long been out of mainstream politics in America. He says that Americans will accept that title once they understand what it means. Now, WBUR polling is out about how New Hampshire voters respond to the term "socialist."

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Tim McCarthy, program director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and lecturer on history, literature and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He tweets @DrTPM.

Steve Koczela president of MassINC Polling Group, which conducted the poll for WBUR. He tweets @skoczela.

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  • "One group was asked whether a 'socialist president' would be acceptable, and about half said that was acceptable, half not. The other group was asked about a 'Democratic socialist president.' The acceptability rating climbed to more than 60 percent."

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  • "You might be a social democrat if you support: a mixed economy, that is, a combination of private enterprise and government spending; social insurance programs that support the old and the poor; a Keynesian economic policy of government borrowing and spending to offset economic recessions; and democratic participation in government and the workplace."

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  • "Sanders isn't a socialist. He's a democratic socialist. The difference is big, and it's real. When most Americans hear the word socialism, they think of something like the Soviet Union — a system characterized by the state owning the means of production."

This segment aired on October 22, 2015.

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