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45% Think U.S. Economy Is Fair, Improvement from May

Voters overwhelmingly believe in the value of hard work and think it should be rewarded. But over half continue to feel the U.S. economy is not fair.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 90% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it is important that people who are physically able to work are required to support themselves, including 71% who consider it Very Important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Ninety percent (90%) also think it’s important to insure that everyone who is willing to work hard has a chance to earn a middle class lifestyle, with 67% who regard it as Very Important.

Overall, just 45% of voters now view the U.S. economy as at least somewhat fair. Fifty-one percent (51%) consider the economy in this country to be unfair. This is an improvement since May, but similar to attitudes in March,  February, and December.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 31-June 1, 2013 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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