53% of Men Believe U.S. Economic System is Fair; 53% of Women Say It’s Not

Forty percent (40%) of voters believe that our nation’s economic system is fair to most Americans. However, a ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 45% disagree and 14% are not sure.

Those figures are broadly similar to results obtained in July and January.

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

  • By a 53% to 37% margin, men believe our economic system is fair. By a 53% to 29% margin, women disagree.
  • Forty-eight percent (48%) of white voters believe the system is fair while 40% disagree. However, by a 67% to 17% margin, black voters believe it is unfair. Among Hispanic voters, 28% say fair and 52% unfair.
  • Sixty-six percent (66%) of Republicans believe our economic system is fair. However, 59% of Democrats and 54% of Independent voters believe it is not.
  • Most (54%) who earn more than $75,000 a year believe it is fair. By a 53% to 29% 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 ScottRasmussen.com 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.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted October 5-6, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com 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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