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60 percent of Americans say the economic system in the U.S. “unfairly favors the wealthy”; 42 percent of Republicans and 75 percent of Democrats agree.

60 percent overall say people can get ahead if they’re willing to work hard; 76 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of Democrats agree.

51 percent overall say people are or become “rich” because they had more advantages; 32 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of Democrats agree.

50 percent overall say people are or become “poor” because of circumstances beyond their control; 32 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of Democrats agree.

38 percent say people become rich because they worked harder than others; 57 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of Democrats agree.

36 percent say the U.S, economic system is generally fair to most Americans; 53 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Pew Research Center/USA Today poll of 1,504 U.S. adults conducted Jan. 15-19

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