Poll:only 13% think govt should fix income inequality. Now, now…govt's already doing its best to make everyone equal… equally poor #tcot
— Fred Thompson (@fredthompson) January 30, 2014
Read more about the poll below:
A new Fox New poll shows a possible disconnect between President Barack Obama and voters on what the president says will be the top priority for the rest of his term: reducing income inequality.
The poll finds that only a small minority of voters (13 percent) thinks the government should do something about the fact some people make a lot more money than others. A 62-percent majority is okay with disparities in income â€œbecause thatâ€™s just how the economy works.â€ Another 21 percent say income inequality â€œstinks,â€ but still think the government â€œshouldnâ€™t get involved.â€
Twenty-one percent of voters with annual household incomes below $30,000 think the government should do something about income inequality, while 12 percent of those with incomes $100,000 or more feel that way.
One reason thereâ€™s an apparent lack of enthusiasm for the government to address income inequality may be that most voters donâ€™t see success as a zero-sum game: 12 percent say if someone makes a lot of money it means someone else has to make less, while 84 percent donâ€™t think it works that way. Fully 83 percent of voters with incomes below $50,000 say it doesnâ€™t work that way, compared to 84 percent of those with incomes $50,000 or more.
Furthermore, many voters think government involvement can make things worse: for example, 55 percent think giving unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for a long time discourages them from looking for a job. More voters than not in both higher and lower income groups say the benefits keep people from trying to find work.