Poll: Most in U.S. Unhappy With Wealth Distribution

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About two-thirds of adults are dissatisfied with how wealth and income are distributed in the U.S., according to a new survey. The Gallup poll was conducted ahead of President Obama’s State of the Union address, which is expected to include a focus on income inequality.

Only 32 percent of adults were either “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with the distribution. Meanwhile, 28 percent were “somewhat dissatisfied” and 39 percent were “very dissatisfied.”

Unsurprisingly, “attitudes about the distribution of income and wealth are highly related to partisanship,” explained Gallup’s Rebecca Riffkin. While only 54 percent of Republicans are dissatisfied, a whopping 70 percent of independents and 75 percent of Democrats are.

Despite this overall unhappiness with the current situation, a clear majority of Republicans and Democrats nonetheless believe it is possible to “get ahead by working hard.” However, according to Riffkin, “Americans are much less optimistic about economic opportunity now than before the recession and financial crisis of 2008 unfolded.”

“Obama will almost certainly touch on inequality in his State of the Union address on Jan. 28,” she noted. “This will certainly resonate in a general sense with the majority of Americans who are dissatisfied with income and wealth distribution in the U.S. today.” 

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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