way too many people seem to confuse communism with socialism.
Yea, it has a flavor with the right that is based on misunderstanding. I doubt that the right will budge, but they are not going to vote for Sanders anyway. It's the middle and moderate that have to be educated about the term.
People get Marxist communism mixed up with it way too often. I do find it kind of odd supporters of Capitalism think they are standing on moral high ground with those wild assumptions too.
As a democratic socialistI I am often unfairly judged. People think I support government owning everything, when I don't. I believe that a government of, by and for the people should guarantee people basic security and human rights and I believe that businesses should be democratically controlled by their employees.
I don't really understand what this poll is about. What is the bad connotation you're talking about?
This depends strictly on your location and cultural norms. In my case, I live in America in a free, capitalist society which even during the worst of the worst points, I have absolutely loved. I would never give it up for anything. Socialism is the second dirtiest word your can say to a true American; Communism is the dirtiest word.