Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A very interesting poll on the fairness of our economic system.

Via Gallup, we learn that Americans are roughly divided on whether the country's economic system is fair—but that 62 percent believe that the system is fair to them personally.

Here's where it gets interesting. Fifty-six percent of Democrats believe the system is unfair. Fifty percent of independents believe the same. Only 42 percent of Republicans think the system is unfair.

Weirdly, though, more Democrats than Republicans believe they've profited from that system:

The columns, from left, are "fair," "unfair," and "no opinion."

There's a rough correlation between whether Republicans believe the economic system is fair and whether they believe the system is fair to them. That correlation pretty much disappears for independents and Democrats. Why is that?

1 comment:

namefromthepast said...

What's fair mean?

Our economic system is unfair in many ways.

One example being regulations giving enormous advantages to some market participants over others. Usually big businesses over smaller ones.

Those who believe government is making capitalism unfair and those who can't compete so they feel it is unfair are both lumped together in this poll as I read it.

Could that explain why the independants don't follow the trend?