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Mr. Obama will emphasize themes of reversing the growing income gap in America, although many economists say his policies have contributed to the increasing divide between rich and poor.

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.

Mr. Obama will call on Americans Tuesday night 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.