Depressing statistic

As I keep saying, the news sucks.

On Drudge earlier, I saw a creepy (if unverified) statistic:

Rasmussen Poll: Just 53% of Americans Say Capitalism Better Than Socialism... Developing...
The question arises, what do you do when a manjority of citizens don't appreciate what they have and are willing to vote away the freedom that was their birthright?


But where?

MORE: Marc Ambinder thinks it's time to cheer up, because "Americans are feeling more optimistic about the economy" and because President Obama's approval rating is 66 percent -- "its highest ever."

I don't know why I'm not feeling happier. Perhaps I'm just antisocial.

AND MORE: Frank J. Fleming has finally cheered me up with some much needed perspective to supplant my grumbling about socialism. He compares and contrasts Barack Obama and Kim Jong Il, and concludes that the latter wins,

...while we are certainly blessed beyond measure to have Barack Obama as our president, it does look like Kim Jong Il edges him out as the more impressive being when you compare accounts of the two. Thus, while we should take pride in our leader, we must also humble ourselves when we look to North Korea.
Yes, I'd hate to think that Americans have become overconfident.

MORE: The Rasmussen poll is here.

posted by Eric on 04.09.09 at 08:42 AM


I just posted on pirate/kleptocracy, with a link to a Cuban woman who has lived under the "Umbrella" of social benevolence.

When viewing the Bell Curve, it is important to remember that only half the people are above average. How did ACORN's get out the vote thing work?


OregonGuy   ·  April 9, 2009 12:37 PM

It's not as bad as it might seem--only 20% think that socialism is better. Also, another poll shows that 70% of Americans "prefer a free-market economy".

I suspect the problem here is with the definition of "capitalism". If people are linking that word with oligarchic crony capitalism, then that might explain the hesitation to wholeheartedly choose capitalism.

I think this points out the opening for a political party (probably Republicans, but not necessarily) to embrace the free market but without coddling big business as the Democrats and Country Club Republicans have tended to do.

Neil   ·  April 9, 2009 7:16 PM

I read that poll as more of a poll on what people think the terms "capitalism" and "socialism" mean. After all, in the same poll only about 17% said the government can run big businesses better, which is certainly not a resounding endorsement for one of the prime tenets of socialism. As such, the poll better reflects the poor quality of many people's education or information networks.

Also, while the headline implied that 47% prefer socialism, that minority was actually almost evenly split between "socialism is better" and "I don't know." Considering the bad press capitalism has gotten recently, 53% actually seem pretty good.

submandave   ·  April 10, 2009 12:42 PM

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