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Just 53% Say Capitalism Better Than Socialism

Just 53% Say Capitalism Better Than Socialism

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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I doubt many of them know what capitalism really is. If they're basing their assessment on experience as American citizens, this poll is useless. Like so many others.
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I guess when you compare what 'Capitalism' is becoming to what 'Socialism' is, there's not much difference.

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I doubt many of them know what capitalism really is.
Or socialism, for that matter – they get it just as wrong.



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I would like to see the definitions they used to the respondents, or most likely they didn't provide any.

That leaves folks only to decide between media entrenched buzz words.

If, as an example you told everyone that true "free market" means that they have to make deals on every aspect of their daily ritual, from their lunch to gas to cloths to rent to food I would imagine the 70% number would be less. On the other hand, if you say that the "free market" really isn't a free market, but in reality a regulated, guided market and that we have never had a free market, "don't know" would be the highest answer.

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Not fair – he edits out the smart people.
I get the feeling he doesn't have to edit out too many people.




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I would like to see the definitions they used to the respondents, or most likely they didn't provide any.

That leaves folks only to decide between media entrenched buzz words.

If, as an example you told everyone that true "free market" means that they have to make deals on every aspect of their daily ritual, from their lunch to gas to cloths to rent to food I would imagine the 70% number would be less. On the other hand, if you say that the "free market" really isn't a free market, but in reality a regulated, guided market and that we have never had a free market, "don't know" would be the highest answer.
So you're defining capitalism as free market?

As the article notes, The question posed by Rasmussen Reports did not define either capitalism or socialism.
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So you're defining capitalism as free market?

As the article notes, The question posed by Rasmussen Reports did not define either capitalism or socialism.
No, it was a separate element in the article.
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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.

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