A Pew Research poll released Thursday shows a majority of Americans believe the income gap between rich and poor in the United States has grown over the past decade, and favor a tax increase on the nation’s wealthy to expand aid to those most in need.
The poll was released just days ahead of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) Address on Tuesday. During the speech, he’s expected to outline a plan for tackling income inequality in the country during the last two years of his second term in office.
Sixty-five percent of those surveyed in the Pew Research/USA Today poll believe the income gap has grown in the last 10 years, an opinion that, according to the poll, is shared across virtually all demographic groups and even across party lines — 68 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of Republicans agree.
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