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Most Americans dissatisfied with income, wealth distribution: poll

English.news.cn   2014-01-21 04:24:24

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Two out of three Americans are dissatisfied with the way income and wealth are currently distributed in the United States, showed a Gallup poll released Monday.

Sixty-seven percent of Americans expressed dissatisfaction with the income disparities in the country, including 75 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of Independents and 54 percent of Republicans, the Jan. 5-8 poll found.

In comparison, only 32 percent of Americans said they were satisfied with the way income and wealth are distributed in the country, the poll indicated.

But it discovered that 54 percent of Americans were satisfied with the opportunity for an American to get ahead by working hard, compared to 45 percent who were dissatisfied. Still, this was well below the 2007 poll, conducted before the economic downturn, which found 70 percent of Americans were satisfied with the opportunity to succeed.

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke about income disparities in a speech in December, saying he wanted to prioritize lowering income disparity and increasing opportunities, particularly for the poor, during the rest of his second term.

"Obama will almost certainly touch on inequality in his State of the Union address on Jan. 28. 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," Gallup said.

Editor: Mengjie
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