Sixteen percent (16%) of voters believe that the amount of money someone earns is just a matter of luck. However, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 73% believe people who work hard, save money, and make good lifestyle decisions generally make more money.
Fifty-four percent (54%) believe that people who work harder generally make more than those who don’t. On that point, 31% disagree. Men overwhelmingly believe that those who work harder make more. Women tend to agree but are much more evenly divided. White voters, by a 56% to 30% agree with the connection between hard work and higher income. Black and Hispanic voters are more evenly divided.
On a partisan basis, 68% of Republicans believe that people who work harder generally make more than those who don’t. That view is shared by 41% of Democrats and 56% of Independent voters (see crosstab results).
Fifty-two percent (52%) of all voters believe that people who get married and stay married are better off financially than those who don’t. Seventeen percent (17%) disagree. Thirty-one percent (31%) are not sure.
These attitudes and beliefs have changed little since January.
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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted January 6-7, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com 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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