Thursday, April 09, 2009

It can happen here

Rasmussen Reports: "Only 53% of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism."
(via Drudge headline)

Among all adults, Capitalism 53%, Undecided 27%, Socialism 20%.

The storm cloud? The under-30 crowd: Capitalism 37%, Undecided 30%, Socialism 33%.

Great googa-mooga!

Over-40's actually remember what it was like when socialism was rampant, only 13% support for socialism. I've mentioned before the fog of history encroaching on younger voters (Me in 2007 -- "In 2009, newly registered 18-year olds will have no shared history with the Soviet Union. But in all practicality, these events are already completely meaningless to voters under the age of 25.")

The silver lining is question language:
"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."

There you go, libertarians... grab it and growl.

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