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46% Think Free Market Policies More Important Than Closing Income Gap

Most voters continue to place more importance on policies that promote the free market over ones that reduce the income gap between rich and poor.  But they’re more closely divided when asked to choose between the two. 

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 85% of Likely Voters view economic policies that allow and encourage free market competition to be at least somewhat important, including 48% who regard them as Very Important. By comparison, 63% consider economic policies that reduce the income gap between rich and poor as at least somewhat important, with 42% who feel they are Very Important. 

Just eight percent (8%) say free market-oriented policies are not very or Not At All Important. But 30% think income gap-focused policies are not that important, including 13% 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 June 4-5, 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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