The New York Times/CBS News published a poll yesterday based on a national telephone survey conducted of 1,022 adults throughout the United States.   The methodology of the survey was designed to reach every state, demographic, and political party.

To the question:

Which comes closer to your view? In today’s economy, everyone has a fair chance to get ahead in the long run, or in today’s economy, it’s mainly just a few people at the top who have a chance to get ahead?”

Only 35% replied, “Anyone can get ahead.”  43% of those respondents were republican, 33% democrat, and 32% independent.  While 61% responded, “Just a few people at the top have a chance to get ahead.”  

Of these 61% of naysayers,  more than half (53%) were republican.

The poll touches on issues ranging from raising the minimum wage to the question,

“Do you feel that the distribution of money and wealth in this country is fair, or do you feel that the money and wealth in this country should be more evenly distributed among more people?”

To which the answer was overwhelming across partisan and income lines.  66% replied that wealth distribution in the U.S. SHOULD BE MORE EVEN, while 21% responded that it was fair.

According to the Times, “Americans overwhelmingly favor a variety of proposals aimed at strengthening workers’ rights, including paid sick leave and paid family leave…A majority, moreover, continues to support raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10.”

Click graphic for full poll details.

M.K. Williams – Civilrightsagenda.com


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