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Most Now See Economy As Fair to Those Who Work Hard

With the economy booming, Americans are much more confident that hard work pays off and are worrying a lot less about the level of government dependency in the country.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 56% of American Adults now think the U.S. economy is fair to people who are willing to work hard, with 26% who say it’s Very Fair. This compares to 46% and 13% respectively in October 2015, the last time we asked this question. Thirty-seven percent (37%) still believe the economy is unfair to hard workers, but that includes only 11% who say it’s Not At All Fair. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 2 and 5, 2019 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.

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