In Education, Wealth Seen As Bigger Divide Than Race

Twenty-four percent (24%) of voters believe that wealthy white Americans and poor white Americans generally receive equal educational opportunities. Sixty-eight percent (68%) disagree. A national survey also found nearly that just 22% believe wealthy black Americans and poor black Americans generally receive equal educational opportunities while 69% disagree.

These numbers suggest that people see a greater education gap along income lines rather than racial lines. Forty-one percent (41%) believe white Americans and black Americans generally receive equal educational opportunities. Forty-eight percent (48%) don’t believe that’s true in America today while 11% are not sure.

Additionally, 53% believe wealthy black Americans and wealthy white Americans generally receive equal educational opportunities. Just 31% disagree. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of white voters believe wealthy whites and blacks receive equal opportunities. Fifty-three percent (53%) of black voters disagree.

To address the wealth gap, 74% of voters favor a plan for the federal government to subsidize public education in poor communities. 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 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted July 2-3, 2019 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and Demographic Profile of the Sample). It has a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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