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Poll: Most Americans Favor Wealth Equality

| by Michael Allen

According to a recent poll by the Public Religion Research institute (PRRI), 60 percent of Americans say America would be better off if the distribution of wealth were more equal. The '2011 American Values Survey' covered issues at the intersection of religion, values and politics..

“We are witnessing the emergence of a generational fault line over what constitutes a good society,” said Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of PRRI. “Seven-in-ten of the Millennial generation believe that society would be better off if the distribution of wealth were more equal, while a majority of seniors disagree.”

With the exception of Americans who identify with the Tea Party, citizens support proposals to address economic inequality. Seven-in-ten Americans support increasing the tax rate on Americans earning more than $1 million per year.

Two-thirds of Americana also support raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.00 per hour. Majorities of Americans who identify with the Tea Party oppose both proposals.