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As Wealth Gap Grows, 60 Percent of Americans Say Lopsided Distribution ‘Unfair’

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Economy with 1 Comment

By Lauren McCauley, staff writer | Common Dreams

Gallup poll finds that roughly half of all Americans are "strong redistributionists," and thus believe that the government should have a hand in shifting the disproportionate distribution of wealth away from the top one-percent of earners. (Photo: Justin Eason/cc/flickr)

Gallup poll finds that roughly half of all Americans are “strong redistributionists,” and thus believe that the government should have a hand in shifting the disproportionate distribution of wealth away from the top one-percent of earners. (Photo: Justin Eason/cc/flickr)

As the gap between the rich and poor in the U.S. continues to grow with more and more wealth being held by fewer people, 63 percent of Americans say that this distribution is unfair, according to a new Gallup survey (pdf) published Monday.


Additionally, 52 percent of respondents say that the problem of inequality should be solved with “heavy taxes on the rich,” a proportion that has risen from 45 percent since Gallup first began asking that question in 1998.

Based on the response to both questions, Gallup concludes that roughly half (46%) of all Americans are “strong redistributionists,” and thus believe that the government should have a hand in shifting the disproportionate distribution of wealth away from the top one-percent of earners.

Based on on telephone interviews conducted April 9-12 with a sample of 1,015 adults living in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, the poll comes as political candidates vying for both the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations have begun stumping on possible ways to solve America's worsening inequality.

Writing about the implication of the survey findings, Gallup editor in chief Frank Newport says that it is an issue members of both parties must be willing to address in their campaigns for president, noting that the 29 percent of Republicans who also backed redistribution is a “not insubstantial” amount.


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  1. asmcforever@hotmail.com' Dave Boling says:

    The Bottom line up front: Except for 300-350 top CEO’s, the ratio of pay between CEOs and workers is actually in the 4:1 range and not that overblown drivel that agenda junkies would have you believe. Their bloated facts are based on the salaries of 300-350 Multinational corporation CEOs, and not the whole…
    But hey, don’t let these facts get in the way of your personal agenda.
    Just goes to show that you can find a way to make anything go your way if you really try hard enough, kind of like Obama’s so-called 5.8% unemployment figures, LOL.

    https://www.aei.org/publication/when-we-consider-all-us-chief-executives-the-ceo-to-worker-pay-ratio-falls-from-3311-to-below-41/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=perryceopay

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