Most Men Believe U.S. Economic System is Fair; Most Women Don’t

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters believe that our nation’s economic system is fair to most Americans. However, a survey found that 48% disagree and 11% are not sure.

Those figures reflect an increase in skepticism since January  when 44% believed the system was fair and 42% disagreed.

Strikingly different perceptions are found across gender, race, income and partisan lines.

  • By a 52% to 41% margin, men believe our economic system is fair. By a 54% to 31% margin, women disagree.
  • White voters are evenly divided: 46% believe the system is fair while 43% disagree. However, by a 67% to 23% margin, black voters believe it is unfair. Fifty-four percent (56%) of Hispanic voters agree.
  • Seventy-two percent (72%) of Republicans believe our economic system is fair while 65% of Democrats and 66% of Independent voters believe it is not.
  • Most (53%) who earn more than $75,000 a year believe it is fair. By a 53% to 33% margin, those who earn less disagree (see crosstab results).

Twenty-six percent (26%) of voters nationwide believe most successful U.S. companies make money by cheating their customers. A survey found that 74% believe successful companies make good money by providing a good service that meets customer needs.

Other data shows that 73% believe free markets are fair; 61% say the same about Capitalism; and only 42% believe Socialism is fair. releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email.

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The national survey of 1,003 Registered Voters was conducted July 7-8, 2019 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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