The Washington Times - January 22, 2014, 09:33AM

Almost half of likely voters think income inequality is a big problem, said a George Washington University Battleground poll released Wednesday.

Forty-nine percent of likely voters call the large gap between the wealthy and the poor a “big problem,” while another 30 percent say it’s “somewhat of a problem.” They’re divided on the right solution though: About half say the best way to fix income inequality is to close the gap between wealthy Americans and the rest of the country while the other half say it’s cutting taxes and loosening regulations.

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One thing the majority of likely voters can agree on is that the country is on the wrong track. About 55 percent of respondents believe the country is heading in the wrong direction, and 54 percent believe the gridlock and lack of cooperation in Washington is just as bad now as it was last year.

That could mean a rocky mid-term election for some lawmakers. Fifty-four percent say it’s time to “give a new lawmaker a chance in the Capitol,” while only 29 percent say their member of Congress deserves to stay in Washington.

The poll comes from phone calls with more than 1,000 likely voters across the country between Jan. 12-16. The margin of error is 3.1 percent.