Capitalism vs Socialism: Poll shows 75% of likely voters say free-market capitalism is better

A new poll by The Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports finds that a vast majority of likely voters prefer a free-market economic system over a socialist economic system.

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When asked on December 6-7, “Which is better – a free-market economic system or socialism?,” 75% of respondents answered “free-market economic system,” while just 11% answered “socialism.”

Interestingly, most likely voters also have a decidedly negative view of one of America’s most prominent socialists, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). When asked, “Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?,” only 18% said “very favorable,” while 19% said “somewhat favorable.” On the other hand, 38% of likely voters said they have a “very unfavorable” impression of AOC, and 10% said they have a “somewhat unfavorable” impression of her. About 15% said they are not sure.

Taken together, these results show that a strong majority of likely voters believe the United States should reject socialism and instead adopt free-market economic principles.

Further, when asked, “Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Joe Biden?,” 36% of likely voters said they have a “very unfavorable impression” of the president-elect. This was followed by 32% who said they have a “very favorable impression.” 19% said they have a “somewhat favorable impression” of Biden, while 11% responded that they have a “somewhat unfavorable impression” of the next president. Just 2% said they are “not sure.”


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