Fox News poll: capitalism, socialism buries

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Capitalism is far more popular than socialism, according to a Fox News survey of registered voters. The survey finds economic optimism is high, and the number of want from the government to the lowest in years

The new poll, released Wednesday, asks you to send what message the voters want to the Federal government. About half of that would be let’s say “me alone.” About a third of the questions would be Uncle Sam’s “lend me a hand.”

34 percent say: “lend me a hand” is down from 41 percent last year and 39 percent in 2016.


The 55 percent that would say that the government “leave me alone” is from 51 percent in 2018, and 54 percent in the year 2016.

Fifty-seven percent of voters have a positive opinion of capitalism. This is more than twice as many who feel the same about socialism (25 percent). Some of the groups, which include, most likely, a positive image of socialism, most self-identified liberals (50 percent), Clinton voters (43 percent) and people under 30 years of age (36 percent).

“In spite of the prominence of the socialist ideas and political proposals in the last few weeks, Americans are favourable towards the benefits of the capitalist system,” says Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducts the Fox News poll with Democrat Chris Anderson. “And you are bullish on the state of the economy.”

Almost four out of five voters feel their family and the American dream (38 percent) achieved, or is on the way to achievement (40 percent). Every fifth believes that the dream is out of reach (18 per cent).

Sixty-three percent feel optimistic about the economy. Optimism was 49 percent in 2016.

By a 47-42 percent margin, the thinking voters, of capitalism in the United States gives you a “fair Chance.”

However, the men (58 percent), 21 points more likely than women (37 percent) say capitalism is a level playing field. Similarly, white (52 percent), 19 points more than likely to be nonwhites (33 percent) and voters age 45 and over (54 percent) are 17 points more inclined than those who are under 45 years old (37 percent), you get a fair offer.

“This is not a ringing endorsement of capitalism in our country, if less than half of the Americans have the feeling that a fair Chance,” says Anderson. “If the debate is about what is best for America in fearmongering and labelling of socialists, no one wins. But if less than half say they have a fair Chance, it is clearly an opening for new political ideas.”

Meanwhile, the number is to think the Americans rely too much on government and not enough on self-deleted: 61 percent find that the path, down from 74 percent in 2013.

Views are partisan

From a 25-point margin, more Republicans (72 percent) than Democrats (47 percent) have a positive view of capitalism. In addition, Republicans (54 percent) are three times as likely as Democrats (17 percent) have a “strong”.

More than twice as many Republicans (68 percent) than Democrats (30 percent) think that capitalism works and is fair. Six-in-ten Democrats (60 percent) say that capitalism will give you a fair Chance.

Over half of Democrats, 54 percent, would tell the government to “lend me a hand”, while the majority of Republicans, 77 percent (connected by a 58-percent majority of independents) would say “leave me alone.”

The majority of Republicans, 84 percent think Americans rely too much on the government. This is little changed since 2013, when it stood at 87 percent. In contrast, it has to say a significant shift between the Democrats: 38 percent, the Americans are too strong, down from 58 percent five years ago.


— Views of split, 47-47 percent, compared to the U.S. implementation of a government-run national health insurance program through taxes. Most Democrats (75 percent) prefer it, while most Republicans disagree (77 percent). Independents split the difference: 45 in favor vs. 46.

— The tax reform law and Obamacare have both lost popularity. The tax law now has a net negative rating by a narrow two points (34 favorable vs. 36 unfavorable). More appear, it is positive than negative by 9 points in October 2018 (44-35 percent). Similar to the shift on the medical law. There is a positive net-rating, only two points (47-45 percent). It was at +11 points (53-42 percent).

The Fox News poll is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 1,004 randomly selected voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Beacon research (D) (formerly Anderson Robbins Research) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from February 10-12, 2019. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for all registered voters.

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