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57 Percent of Americans Say Only Kids Who Win Should Get Trophies

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57 Percent of Americans Say Only Kids Who Win Should Get Trophies
Emily Ekins|Aug. 19, 2014 11:00 am

The latest Reason-Rupe poll finds that when it comes to kids and their trophies, 57 percent of Americans think only the winning players should receive them. Another 40 percent say all kids on a sport team should receive a trophy for their participation.

The desire for “every kid to get a trophy” strongly correlates with political beliefs. Fully 66 percent of Republicans want only the kids who win to receive trophies, while 31 percent say all kids on the team should receive them. In contrast, Democrats are evenly divided with 48 percent who say all kids, and another 48 percent who say only the winners should receive a trophy.

The competitive desire for winners to be rewarded correlates with fiscal conservatism. Among those who only think winners should get a trophy, 64 percent have a favorable view of capitalism, 64 percent thinks markets better solve problems than government, and 63 percent favor smaller government providing fewer services. In contrast, among those who think all kids should get a trophy, a plurality (49%) have an unfavorable view of capitalism, 50 percent thinks a strong government better solves problems than the free market, and 54 percent favor larger government providing more services.

https://reason.com/poll/2014/08/19/57-percent-of-americans-say-only-kids-wh

2 thoughts on “57 Percent of Americans Say Only Kids Who Win Should Get Trophies

  1. No shock there. Striving for equal opportunity for all versus striving for equal outcomes for all.

  2. so sad that this number is so low (even the 66% Repub number)

    the “favorable views on capitalism” numbers are even sadder.
    I guess the great experiment is coming to an end…

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