Americans still love the free market

Columnist Tim Carney, writing in The Washington Examiner, finds that reports of the death of the free market may have been premature.

Click here to read Carney’s blog entry in its entirely, or if you live in the metro D.C. area, pick up a copy of The Examiner.  Carney writes, in part:

…a recent Rasmussen poll suggests that Americans still think there’s something noble about the free market and tawdry about cozying up to big government:

Public opposition to the auto bailouts may translating into consumer buying decisions, with 46% of Americans now saying they are more likely to buy a car from Ford because it did not take government money to stay in business.

Some more tidbits:

Only 26% of Americans say it was a good idea for the federal government to take ownership of GM as the auto giant was on the verge of collapse. Seventeen percent (17%) say Americans should protest the bailout by boycotting GM and refusing to buy its cars.

Eighty percent (80%) of voters want the government to sell its stake in General Motors and Chrysler as soon as possible.