Eighty percent (80%) believe that providing more school choice to inner city children would help reduce income inequality. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that figure includes 40% who think that would be a substantial help.
A slightly smaller majority (73%) say raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans would help reduce income inequality and 70% say the same about raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Sixty-two percent (62%) believe encouraging more charitable giving would help reduce the income gap.
Despite calls by some advocates to ban private schools as a way to minimize income inequality, just 21% of voters believe it would help.
Data released earlier showed that 67% of voters consider income inequality in America at least somewhat of a big problem in the United States. To address it, 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.
A somewhat surprising bipartisan sign of agreement is found on the question of school choice for inner-city children. Eighty-three percent (83%) of Democrats say increasing school choice would help reduce income inequality along with 74% of Republicans. That runs in contrast to the general opposition from Democratic Party politicians to school choice and voucher programs and proposals across the country. Republican politicians almost universally support school choice initiatives.
Ninety percent (90%) of Democrats believe both higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would help reduce income inequality. Only 52% of Republicans agree about raising the minimum wage and 57% agree on taxing the richest Americans (see question wording and crosstab results).
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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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