While Democratic candidates chafed and whined this past election season at being accused of having socialist leanings, their voters make no bones about the kind of relationship they want between government and the economy:

In that survey of 1,000 adults, nearly half of all Democrats, 42 percent, indicated that they believe the government should “manage the economy completely.”

That viewpoint is not exactly socialism—there’s a different between managing and owning after all—but it’s a far cry from the free market ideology that non-Democrats favored in the poll. Just under 25 percent of independents favored government completely managing the economy.

Keep in mind, as you mull these findings, that the percentage for reporters and editors in the mainstream media are undoubtedly much more accepting of government control of the economy than the average Democrat. This about that as you read dispatches about the economy in the major media.