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  • Americans Remain Unconcerned by Income Inequality

    A new poll shows that, despite attempts by liberal protesters and politicians to inject class resentment into the national debate, Americans, by and large, remain unconcerned by income inequality.

    Gallup reports that only 2 percent of Americans list the “divide between rich and poor” as the most important economic issue facing the country. Those findings come from an open-ended survey, meaning respondents were not confined to a pre-selected group of responses. Unemployment and the national debt top the list, but all told, a full 17 economic issues rank higher in the American political consciousness than income inequality.

    Here’s Gallup’s full list of findings:

    Also noteworthy: even among respondents with an annual household income of less than $30,000, the rich vs. poor divide did not make it into the top eight issues (Gallup only provided the top eight for that income group). Less than four percent of respondents in the lowest income group listed inequality as their top issue.

    The Gallup survey came a day after Pew released its own poll showing a rise in Americans perceiving tensions between rich and poor people. But as Pew noted in its findings,

    While the survey results show a significant shift in public perceptions of class conflict in American life, they do not necessarily signal an increase in grievances toward the wealthy. It is possible that individuals who see more conflict between the classes think that anger toward the rich is misdirected. Nor do these data suggest growing support for government measures to reduce income inequality.

    In fact, other questions in the survey show that some key attitudes toward the wealthy have remained largely unchanged. For example, there has been no change in views about whether the rich became wealthy through personal effort or because they were fortunate enough to be from wealthy families or have the right connections.

    Taken together, the Pew and Gallup polls suggest that many Americans perceive class conflicts (perhaps due to the significant media attention devoted to income inequality and the “Occupy” protesters hollering about it), but the vast majority do not themselves buy into those conflicts.


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    6 Responses to Americans Remain Unconcerned by Income Inequality

    1. Bobbie says:

      just doesn't make sense that equal pay should exist when there are various levels of expectation to various employment! the pay should always be determined by it's worth to the business not the government.
      People should rather prove their individual worth then it being mandated through government because we exist!

      all this occupy stuff is so sadly manipulated. It was 1% of the 1% of the rich that encouraged this uprise! What? Is Michael Moore, George Soros and rich instigator selects getting waivers while all the rest get suckered? why would these guys think they need government to control the charitable contributions of their own? All it does is increase government control on once, free people and some that have never been free…

    2. not bobby says:

      too bad you guys didn't bother actually looking at the survey, some pretty interesting results there

    3. Lloyd Scallan says:

      "Class warfare" is Obama's whole campaign. This is exactly why the main stream media is distorting the actual facts of what percentage of American really think about "income ineqality".

    4. Marilyn A. W. Gaar says:

      Take a moment to compare the wording of the question in the Gallup and Pew polls. The sentence structure produces different responses. I wouldn't be so sanguine that the public is not concerned about income inequality. Pay for performance is a principle of our economy; achievement is a value of our society. However, the benefit and bonus packages for the top 1/10th of the top one-percent, who collude in Board Rooms to perpetuate their princely life style, are unconscionable. The 1/10th of one-percent have broken the “social contract.” Their mindset needs to be corrected before it produces a reaction that rends the social fabric of this society. David Cameron is attempting to do this in a responsible manner in the UK; Obama continues with the rhetoric of “class warfare.” The Heritage Society needs to be part of the solution. Please reconsider the thesis of this article.

      • Guest says:

        Well said. It is clear that the top echelons of business and government are riddled with those who game the system. I am on your compensation committee and your brother is on my compensation committee: guess how that works out. And then there is the situation of regulatory capture in which regulators see fantastic employment prospects with those they are supposed to regulate, if they play ball. Revolving door between the likes of Goldman Sachs and senior govt and administrative positions, corporate donations to campaign funds, etc and you get regulation and laws which offer no impediment to corrupt and immoral behaviour of the big guys but a serious hammer over the head of the smaller competitors to the in-crowd.
        Who among the 99% begrudges Steve Job's wealth? He created vast wealth and enjoyment for many and became wealthy in the process. The anger is reserved for those who play the "privatize the gains and socialize the losses" game, who add NO value to the economy. They are parasites and destructive of the wealth creation process in their skimming schemes.

      • Bobbie says:

        sorry to totally disagree with you but if I have a problem with what I agreed to the hiring, I'll talk to management myself. If I know what the benefit and bonus packages are of people in accountable, responsible positions greater than my own, only encourages me to broaden my abilities to earn those packages like those that did to get them. Private businesses don't cost my family a dime unless unconstitutional government authority lets it happen (bailouts.) I wonder how many government members themselves are in the 1% whose MILLIONS earned is helping themselves to ours?! Income inequality builds potential!

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