To be seen as a defender of free markets, the former Massachusetts governor will have to do more than point to his track record as a venture capitalist. He will need to challenge the status quo rather than defend it. By a 58 percent to 29 percent margin, voters believe more free market competition is better than more government regulation. Only 13 percent believe that providing government subsidies produces more innovation than private-sector competition.
In the United States today, voters may not believe we have a free market system, but they look forward to reaching that goal. To put it simply: Voters see free markets as good, corporate welfare as bad.
Scott Rasmussen is founder and president of Rasmussen Reports. He is a political analyst, author, speaker and, since 1994, an independent public opinion pollster.
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