Americans Underestimate Amount of Income Mobility

Just 38% of voters believe that, during some years of their working lives, most Americans will earn more than 80% of everyone else in the country. A national survey found that 62% believe that’s not true.

In reality, way more than half spend time in the top 20% of income distribution. During at least one year in their life, 73% will be there. Most (56%) Americans even manage to reach the top 10% along the way.

Men are more likely than women to recognize this. Younger voters are more likely than their elders to do so (see crosstab results).

Other recent survey data shows that voters are  deeply divided on the fairness of our nations economic system. Still, just 14% believe that how much someone earns is simply a matter of luck.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted January 6-7, 2019 by 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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