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Thanks, Tyronen for answering my question about that poll.  I should have suspected it might be behind a subscription wall within The Economist.

And your second point --

The article goes on to distinguish between the grandes ecoles whose graduates walk into highly protected jobs, and the majority of students who get short-term contracts - or chomage.  It is the latter group that is protesting, because the CPE does nothing to grant them access to the upper-tier grande ecole positions.

-- answers much of the question I posed in a comment in the Grandes Ecoles thread.

Point n'est besoin d'espérer pour entreprendre, ni de réussir pour persévérer. - Charles le Téméraire
by marco on Fri Mar 31st, 2006 at 05:33:30 PM EST
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Here's the origin of the poll carried out by GlobeScan and the Program on International Policy Attitudes of the University of Maryland, Jan 2006.

Here's a chart of other results from this poll:

What people understand by "free markets" being "the future of the world" is perhaps not what the Economist trumpets...

Quote from the director of the political analysis side of the study:

Steven Kull, director of PIPA, comments: "In one sense we are indeed facing what has been called `the end of history,' in that there is now an extraordinary level of consensus about the best economic system. But this is not the victory of one side of the dialectic. While there is overwhelming support for free markets, there is also near-unanimous rejection of unbridled capitalism, with people around the world overwhelmingly favoring greater government regulation of large companies and more protection of workers and consumers."

The Economist forgot that bit :-)

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Apr 1st, 2006 at 01:12:13 AM EST
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