New Survey on Income Gap Shows Interesting Results
Crossposted on Tikkun Daily. by Claire Snyder-Hall According to an article in the Washington Post, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll reveals some interesting data on what people think about changes in wealth distribution. As most readers probably know, "income disparities between the highest earners and other Americans have reached levels not seen since the Great Depression." The good news is that 61% of all adults know that the income gap is larger than in the past, and 60% want the federal government to enact policies that will lessen that disparity - and consequently, help rebuild the middle class. Now if we can only figure out a way to hold politicians accountable to the people - which is, you know, one of the key principles of self-government. It will come as no surprise that almost 75% of liberals recognize the growing income gap and favor government policies to shrink it. What I found very strange, however, is that less than 50% of conservatives acknowledge that the widening gap exists. Why is that, I wonder? Would their politics change if they became aware of the increasing gap between rich and poor that has created a gaping chasm in our society? Or is it just willful ignorance, as with climate change? I also found it surprising that 41% of conservatives actually think the federal government ought to act to shrink the gap. Perhaps they are the ones who recognize the existence of the gap. To read more pieces like this, sign up for Tikkun Daily’s free newsletter, sign up for Tikkun Magazine emails or visit us online. You can also like Tikkunon Facebook and follow us on Twitter.