Forty-four percent (44%) of voters believe that our nation’s economic system is fair to most Americans. However, a ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 42% disagree and 14% are not sure.
Strikingly different perceptions are found across gender, age, race, income and partisan lines.
- By a 53% to 35% margin, men believe our economic system is fair. By a 49% to 36% margin, women disagree.
- Voters under 35, by a margin of 49% to 36%, believe it is unfair. Senior citizens hold the opposite view by a 51% to 35% margin.
- Fifty percent (50%) of white voters believe it is fair while 37% do not. By a 62% to 23% margin, black voters believe it is unfair. Fifty-six percent (56%) of Hispanic voters agree.
- Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Republicans believe our economic system is fair while 59% of Democrats believe it is not. Independents are more evenly divided (39% fair, 45% unfair).
- Most (54%) who earn more than $75,000 a year believe it is fair. By a 49% to 36% margin, those who earn less disagree (see crosstab results).
Data released earlier showed that a plurality of voters nationwide believe inequality between rich and poor Americans is a bigger problem than inequality between white and nonwhite Americans, men and women, or young and old.
Sixty-seven percent (67%) believe income inequality is a big problem. Most believe lifting up the income of the poor matters more than bringing down the income of the wealthy.
Eighty-four percent (84%) believe that poverty is a serious problem, but only 34% believe government programs help.
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The national survey of 1,000 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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