If everybody has a fair chance to get ahead, 55% of voters say income inequality doesn’t really matter all that much. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 45% take the opposite view. Those figures include 20% who Strongly Agree and 13% who Strongly Disagree.
Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republicans believe that inequality doesn’t matter much if everyone has a fair chance to get ahead. Fifty-six percent (56%) of Independent voters share that view. However, most Democrats (58%) disagree (see crosstab results).
Overall, 34% of voters consider income inequality to be a Very Big Problem in the United States. Another 34% consider it to be Somewhat of a Big Problem.
However, 86% believe ensuring that every American can afford the necessities of life is more important than reducing inequality. That’s consistent with data showing that 74% believe it’s more important to increase the wealth of the poorest Americans than to reduce the wealth of the richest Americans.
And, 74% believe it is more important to promote economic growth than to reduce income inequality. Sixty-four percent (64%) believe reducing middle class taxes is a higher priority.
The survey also found that voters strongly reject some of the more substantive proposals to reduce inequality. Eighty percent (80%) oppose making it illegal for parents to pass on an inheritance to their children. Eighty-six percent (86%) oppose making it illegal for parents to send their children to private schools.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted February 6-7, 2019 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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