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 ScottRasmussen.com 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.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted July 2-3, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com 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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