67% Say Income Inequality is a Big Problem, but Most Believe Punishing the Rich isn’t the Answer

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of voters believe income inequality in America is at least somewhat of a big problem in the United States. That total includes 37% who believe it is a Very Big problem.

To address it, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 73% think the focus should be on increasing the wealth of the poorest Americans. Only 27% say it’s more important to reduce the wealth of the richest Americans.

Asked about it from a different perspective, 82% of voters say it’s more important to ensure that every American can afford the necessities of life than reducing income inequality. Only 18% disagree.

The survey also found that 72% believe promoting overall economic growth is a higher priority than reducing income inequality.

Not surprisingly, there are some noticeable differences based on political affiliation. Only 38% of Republicans see income inequality as even somewhat of a big problem in America. Among Democrats, that figure is 87% and among Independents it’s 71%.

In fact, 57% of Democrats believe income inequality is a Very Big Problem. That emphasis is shared by 34% of Independents and 14% of Republicans (see question wording and crosstab results).

Still, 82% of Republicans and 65% of Democrats agree that it’s more important to increase the wealth of the poor than reducing the wealth of the rich.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans believe that promoting economic growth is a higher priority than addressing inequality. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Democrats and Independent voters agree.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted November 18-19, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a demographic profile of our sample). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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