Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Gallup: 67% Dissatisfied With Wealth Distribution

According to a recent Gallup poll, two-thirds of Americans are dissatisfied with the country's wealth and income distribution, including three-fourths of Democrats and 54% of Republicans:

Gallup's Jan. 5-8 Mood of the Nation survey included a question asking Americans how satisfied they are with income and wealth distribution in the U.S. Few, 7%, report that they are "very satisfied" with the distribution, while 39% of Americans say they are "very dissatisfied."

Attitudes about the distribution of income and wealth are highly related to partisanship. Republicans, at 45% very or somewhat satisfied, express the highest satisfaction with the current wealth disparity in the U.S. Democrats are much less satisfied, at 24%, with independents closer in satisfaction to Democrats, at 28%. Furthermore, almost half (43%) of Democrats and independents express strong dissatisfaction with the current state of wealth and income distribution.


Michael J. Mand said...

I have less problem with wealth distribution than I do with the lack of a level playing field. If someone rises to the top of the income ladder honestly and ethically, his/her success is to be praised and admired. Unfortunately it is the lack of opportunity that that has led to much of the wealth disparity in the United States - and I suspect elsewhere as well. And it's many of those who are at the top who create the rules that effectively ensures thet they and their offspring maintain their initial advantages. People seem to be discouraged by the final score but the game is rigged from the start.

Jeff Tone said...

As I believe you've indicated, one can't disconnect wealth distribution from the fact that the wealthy have rigged the game. That accounts for the income inequality we see today.