March 9, 2009

Rich-Poor Gap

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A 28-point divide separates Democrats and Republicans on the question of losing ground with respect to the gap between rich and poor.

Republicans and Democrats generally agree that the country is losing ground on the budget deficit and jobs, but they disagree widely on whether America is losing ground on the gap between rich and poor. Seven-in-ten Democrats say the country is, but just 42% of Republicans agree, creating a 28-point partisan difference. Democrats also are far more likely than Republicans to see the country losing ground on poverty and homelessness. In contrast, Republicans express pessimism about progress on illegal immigration (62% say we are losing ground) and on moral and ethical standards (68%), but fewer than half of Democrats agree (42% and 49%, respectively). Read More