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Americans say income gap will shrink if government butts out, poll shows

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A new poll released Monday found that a strong majority of Americans believe less government involvement would help to close the income gap in America.

The Rasmussen Reports survey said 59 percent of likely voters think less government would help to ease income inequality. Thirty-three percent of those polled believe more government involvement is needed.

President Obama will call on Americans Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to help him in the fight to close the income gap with proposals such as raising the federal minimum wage.

In the poll, 69 percent of likely voters said income inequality is at least a somewhat serious problem. A plurality, 48 percent, said society overall would be less fair if the government got more involved in regulating the economy.

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