Seventy-five percent (75%) of voters nationwide believe that, in practical terms, America’s commitment to individual freedom means a commitment to free market economics. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 25% disagree.
That view is shared by 75% of Republicans, 53% of Democrats, and 59% of Independent voters (see crosstab results).
Half the survey respondents were asked a similar question about a commitment to capitalism instead of free market economics. With that wording, 63% agreed that America’s commitment to individual freedom means a commitment to capitalism. While many commentators use the terms free market and capitalism interchangeably, only 19% of voters believe they are the same.
The new survey also found that 69% believe socialism means more decisions are made by the government while capitalism means more decisions are made by each individual.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 5-6, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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