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04-09-09, 05:49 PM #1
Just 53% Say Capitalism Better Than Socialism
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Only 53% of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 20% disagree and say socialism is better. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are not sure which is better.
Adults under 30 are essentially evenly divided: 37% prefer capitalism, 33% socialism, and 30% are undecided. Thirty-somethings are a bit more supportive of the free-enterprise approach with 49% for capitalism and 26% for socialism. Adults over 40 strongly favor capitalism, and just 13% of those older Americans believe socialism is better.
Investors by a 5-to-1 margin choose capitalism. As for those who do not invest, 40% say capitalism is better while 25% prefer socialism.
There is a partisan gap as well. Republicans - by an 11-to-1 margin - favor capitalism. Democrats are much more closely divided: Just 39% say capitalism is better while 30% prefer socialism. As for those not affiliated with either major political party, 48% say capitalism is best, and 21% opt for socialism.
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The question posed by Rasmussen Reports did not define either capitalism or socialism
It is interesting to compare the new results to an earlier survey in which 70% of Americans prefer a free-market economy. The fact that a “free-market economy” attracts substantially more support than “capitalism” may suggest some skepticism about whether capitalism in the United States today relies on free markets.
Other survey data supports that notion. Rather than seeing large corporations as committed to free markets, two-out-of-three Americans believe that big government and big business often work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors.
Fifteen percent (15%) of Americans say they prefer a government-managed economy, similar to the 20% support for socialism. Just 14% believe the federal government would do a better job running auto companies, and even fewer believe government would do a better job running financial firms.
Most Americans today hold views that can generally be defined as populist while only seven percent (7%) share the elitist views of the Political Class.
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04-09-09, 06:46 PM #2
Every now and then, I'm glad I'm old......When I used to be somebody (I'm center top)
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04-10-09, 12:07 AM #3
04-10-09, 09:50 AM #4
You'll get those results when you use the welfare list to call from.
04-10-09, 08:29 PM #5
Too bad the 53% either didn't cast their vote in the Presidential election, or else they punched the wrong hole.
It's apparent that Democrats have successfully equated Capitalism with greed, especially with the AIG mess.
It's also apparent that Republicans need to stop using demonized words like Capitalism, and substitute "Free Market" - The object is to win Congress and the Presidential office back, not save words. The words can be revived later.
Other demonized terms that Republicans need to stop using is "De-Regulate", "Trickle-Down", and "Privatize".
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