A majority of Americans prefer a free market economic system to a socialist economic system, according to a recent poll conducted jointly by The Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports.
Respondents were asked, among other questions, “What is better – a free market economic system or socialism?” In which 75 percent chose the free market economic system. Only 11 percent voted for socialism, according to the Survey of December 18 who interviewed 1,000 people across the country.
One question asked respondents their impression of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.), a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Most respondents had a negative opinion of Cortez: 38% said they had a “very unfavorable” impression of the congressman, while 20% said they had a “somewhat unfavorable” impression of her. Eighteen percent said they had a “very favorable” opinion of her, while 19% said they considered her “somewhat favorable”. About 15 percent of likely voters said they weren’t sure.
Chris Talgo, editor and researcher at the Heartland Institute, said in a statement that “despite increased calls for socialism from many on the far left,” most still believe the United States “should adopt a market economy “.
“Only a small number of likely voters think the United States should abandon the capitalist free market policies that are responsible for making the United States the richest nation in world history,” he said. added.
“Despite countless calls for more socialism among the media and Hollywood elites, Americans are not interested in adopting the same socialist policies that have led to mass poverty wherever they have been tried.”
The poll, which has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, was more mixed when it came to people’s impression of former Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Just over half, or 51% of those surveyed, had a “very favorable” or “somewhat favorable” impression of Biden, while 47% said they had a “somewhat unfavorable” or “very unfavorable” impression of Biden.
President Donald Trump has spoken out against socialism and communism often throughout his years in power, making him a key element of his agenda. During the State of the Union address last year, he said that “America will never be a socialist country”.
In a speech earlier this monthTrump warned voters that Democrats were eager to implement socialism in America and would take it one step closer to doing so if they gained control of the Senate in January.