Poll: Majority Of Americans Believe In More Evenly Distributed Wealth

| by Ethan Brown

According to a new poll, most Americans believe the nation’s wealth should be distributed more fairly and evenly.

The poll, conducted by Gallup, asked: “Do you feel that the distribution of money and wealth in this country today is fair, or do you feel that the money and wealth in this country should be more evenly distributed among a larger percentage of the people?”

Of those polled, 63 percent felt money should be more evenly distributed, while 31 percent said the current distribution system is fair for all.

The highest percentage of Americans who believed in more equal distribution peaked in April 2008 at 68 percent, during the final year of the George W. Bush administration and just months before the beginning of the Great Recession, Gallup wrote.

Political party ideologies correlated with whether Americans believed in the fairness of redistribution or not. For example, 86 percent of Democrats said funds should be more evenly distributed, while 34 percent of Republicans felt otherwise. In terms of salary, 74 percent of those who make less than $30,000 believed in more redistribution methods, while 54 percent of those who make $75,000 or more agreed with that sentiment.

The poll also found 46 percent of Americans are “strong redistributionists,” meaning that distribution between the rich and poor is not fair and taxes must be increased on the wealthy to pay for all social programs, such as welfare.

The poll was conducted from April 9-12 and surveyed 1,015 Americans ages 18 and older.

Sources: Gallup, HNGN.com

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