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 ScottRasmussen.com 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 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 1,003 Registered Voters was conducted July 7-8, 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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