Thursday, January 27, 2011

Y'a pas de quoi être fier : The French are more opposed to free market capitalism than the inhabitants of Communist China

The French are more opposed to free market capitalism than the inhabitants of Communist China and other advanced economies
conclude the results of an IFOP opinion poll quoted by Daniel Flynn and Elizabeth Fullerton for Reuters (Shihsheh to Hervé).
…33 percent of French people believe it is time to abandon capitalism, the highest proportion among the 10 countries surveyed.

In China, which is ruled by the Communist Party but has embraced its own brand of capitalism, just 3 percent of those questioned thought that the market system was working badly. …

Some 65 percent of the Chinese surveyed said the current system was working well and should not be changed, the highest percentage in the poll, followed by Australia with 63 percent, Brazil with 57 and the United States with 55 percent.

…The poll came hot on the heels of another survey by BVA-Gallup earlier this month showing the French were more negative about their economic prospects than many countries including Afghanistan and Iraq.

That survey showed 61 percent of French people believe this year will be plagued by economic difficulties.