The Washington Times - January 20, 2014, 09:00AM

Republicans are more satisfied than Democrats with the income and wealth distribution in the U.S. today, said a Gallup poll released Monday.

Of all adults nationwide, 32 percent are either very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the way income and wealth are distributed in the country, the poll found. Forty-five percent of Republicans feel that way, while only 24 percent of Democrats report any satisfaction with income distribution.


Democrats have made income inequality an early 2014 focus in Washington, with many lawmakers talking about the need to increase the minimum wage. The push to extend long-term unemployment insurance was also the first major issue Congress tried to tackle in the new year, though the effort stalled after a GOP filibuster in the Senate.

The poll also found that the majority of Americans by a slim margin are satisfied with opportunities to work hard and get ahead. Fifty-four percent of those polled are satisfied, while 45 percent are dissatisfied. In 2013, only 42 percent were dissatisfied and 57 percent were satisfied with the ability to work hard and get ahead, showing a slightly more pessimistic view in 2014 than last year.

Poll results are from telephone interviews with more than 1,000 adults across the country between Jan. 5-8. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.