[Marxism] French not fans of the capitalist system

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Apr 3 15:50:31 MDT 2006

(Thanks to Yoshie for picking up on this and posting it to LBO-Talk)

A new poll of 20 countries from around the world finds a striking global 
consensus that the free market economic system is best, but that 
governments should also do more to regulate large companies. In all but one 
country polled, a majority or plurality agreed with the statement that "the 
free enterprise system and free market economy is the best system on which 
to base the future of the world." On average, 61% agreed while 28% 
disagreed. The poll of 20,791 individuals was conducted by the 
international polling firm GlobeScan and analyzed in conjunction with the 
Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) of the University of Maryland.

Ironically, the country that showed the highest level of support for the 
free enterprise system was China, with 74% agreeing that it is the best 
system. Others that were nearly as enthusiastic were the Philippines (73%), 
the US (71%), and India (70%).

France was the one country where most did not agree with this proposition. 
Only 36% of the French agreed that the free market economy is the best 
system, while 50% disagreed. Others that only showed plurality support for 
the proposition were Argentina (42% agree), Russia (43%), and Turkey (47%). 
In all other cases, agreement was 57% or higher.


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