Only 53% of Americans prefer capitalism to socialism, a new Rasmussen poll finds. 20% prefer socialism, and 27% aren't sure.

Respondents under thirty are more friendly to socialism, favoring capitalism by a slim 37%-33%.

The poll also found a striking partisan divide. Republicans prefer free markets by an 11-1 margin, while Democrats are more closely split, with 39% favoring capitalism and 33% preferring socialism.

Despite the surprisingly strong support for socialism, only 14% believe the federal government could run auto companies better than private employees.

In December, 70% of all respondents chose capitalism.