39% Say Income Inequality Bigger Problem Than Race, Gender, Age Discrimination

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters nationwide believe inequality between rich and poor Americans is a bigger problem than inequality between white and nonwhite Americans, men and women, or young and old.

A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 19% believe racial inequality is the biggest problem, 14% say gender inequality, and 6% name generational inequality as the top concern.

There is no gender gap on these questions. Voters under 35 rate racial inequality as a bigger problem than older voters, but a plurality still see income inequality as the top concern. Among black voters, 40% name racial inequality as the biggest concern while 38% cite economic inequality (see crosstab results).

Fifty percent (50%) of Democrats name income inequality as the top concern while 28% name racial inequality. Among both Republican and Independent voters, income inequality is the top concern. However, both groups are somewhat more likely to consider gender inequality a bigger concern than racial inequality.

One interesting note is that 32% of Republicans were not sure which was the biggest problem. That lack of an answer is shared by 27% of Independent voters but only 8% of Democrats.

The survey also found that 29% of all American voters consider income inequality to be a Very Big problem. Another 32% consider it to be a Somewhat Big Problem. Forty-seven percent (47%) of Democrats consider it a Very Big Problem along with 24% of Independents and 12% of Republicans.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) believe lifting the income of the poor is a higher priority than reducing the income of the wealthy.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted January 6-7, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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