Small Business 96
Free Enterprise 92
Big business 60
Federal government 52
Both capitalism and socialism got higher positive ratings than in the survey I wrote about in my previous post. That may be because this survey led off with "free enterprise," which may have put people in a positive mood. In the earlier survey, the list started with "socialism" and then asked about "progressive" and "libertarian" before "capitalism."
My previous post was about age differences: compared to older people, younger people were considerably more positive about socialism and less positive about capitalism. Does that pattern hold up here?
Age Capitalism Socialism Free Enterprise
18-29 57 51 89
30-49 71 40 92
50-64 73 34 95
65+ 73 26 95
It does. Both surveys show big age differences in views of socialism and smaller differences in views of capitalism, with socialism and capitalism about equally popular among the youngest age group. I also show the figures for free enterprise, since there is a statistically significant age difference. (There's no significant difference in views of big business or entrepreneurs; younger people are more favorable to the federal government, but I suspect answers to that question are strongly influenced by views of the current administration.)
[data from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research]