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45% Say Reducing Income Gap More Important Than Free Market Competition

Friday, May 16, 2014

For the first time, more voters think reducing the income gap between rich and poor is more important than encouraging free market competition. But when asked about each separately, voters still place higher importance on a free market.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 82% of Likely U.S. Voters believe policies that allow and encourage free market competition are at least somewhat important, including 48% who consider them Very Important. Just 12% don’t consider such policies important, with two percent (2%) who say they are Not At All Important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 13-14, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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