This Rasmussen poll was out in April but I just read about it now:
The headline is a bit misleading (shocker) since only 20% say Socialism is a better system; 27% say they are not sure which is better.
Who is to blame for this? As always, young people:
“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. “
And of course, Democrats:
“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.”
The article suggests that maybe the problem is the term Capitalism, because a similar poll found that 70% of U.S. voters say a free market is better than one managed by the government.
I just wish we could have a poll that verified how many people actually know the definition of Capitalism and Socialism. I am sure we could find some funny correlations with those results and the ones from the other two polls…