Here's an exchange from Bernie Sanders's appearance on "Meet the Press" on Sunday:CHUCK TODD: Are you a capitalist? @BernieSanders: No. I'm a Democratic Socialist.And, in those five words, Sanders showed why — no matter how much energy there is for him on the liberal left — he isn't getting elected president.
Why? Because Democrat or Republican (or independent), capitalism remains a pretty popular concept — especially when compared to socialism. A 2011 Pew Research Center survey showed that 50 percent of people had a favorable view of capitalism, while 40 percent had an unfavorable one. Of socialism, just three in 10 had a positive opinion, while 61 percent saw it in a negative light.