Recent polls show that Americans are more skeptical of the federal government. However, they still support capitalism and dislike socialism.
Gallup published this poll early December.
SHORT STORY HIGHLIGHTS
60% view capitalism positively; 38% see socialism as positive
Six points less positive image for big businesses than usual, to 46%
Democrats continue to view socialism more positively than capitalism https://t.co/S2UWNmCgWS
— Holeinthehead2 (@holeinthehead2) December 7, 2021
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Gallup: ‘Americans remain much more positive toward capitalism than socialism’
Gallup reported on December 6, “Americans remain much more positive toward capitalism than socialism, and their ratings of each have been largely stable over the past decade-plus.”
60% of Americans see capitalism as a positive concept. Only 38 percent view socialism positively.
“Since 2010, Gallup has measured Americans’ basic opinions of several economic or governmental terms, including capitalism and socialism,” the polling outlet noted. “Their views of socialism have held steady, even as Sen. Bernie Sanders and progressive Democratic politicians have pursued an expanded government role in addressing healthcare, poverty and early childhood education — policies their critics describe as moving the U.S. toward socialism.”
Gallup added, “Likewise, Americans’ opinions of capitalism have not varied, even with greater discussion of income inequality in the U.S. and the concentration of U.S. wealth in a small percentage of people.”
Evidently, federal government holds the same view as socialism.
Gallup noted, “Socialism ties with ‘the federal government as the lowest rated of the six terms included in Gallup’s 2021 survey of public opinion. In contrast, Americans are most positive toward small business and free enterprise, while they are slightly more negative than positive toward big business.”
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While 51% of 2020 respondents said that they approve of the federal government in 2020, this number dropped to 38% in 2021 and 2019 surveys (including this one).
— Rob Parham (@rparham) December 6, 2021
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The Big Business is Less Positively viewed
Gallup noted, “Just as Republicans are responsible for the overall decreases in public confidence in big business and satisfaction with corporate influence, shifting Republican views account for the less-positive perceptions of big business.”
“Currently, 56 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, down from 72 percent in 2019, have a positive opinion of big business,” the poll reported.
“Democrats’ and Democratic leaners’ views are stable, at 36 percent,” Gallup observed.
These are the results of a survey that was conducted from Oct. 1- 19.
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