Majority of Democratic voters say America’s economic system is unfair – The Hill

A majority of Democratic voters think the US economic system is unfair, according to a new Hill/HarrisX poll.

Fifty-seven percent of Democratic voters said the nation’s economy was somewhat or somewhat unfair, while 43 percent said it was somewhat or somewhat fair. In contrast, seven out of 10 Republican voters said the US economic system was fair.

Independent voters were split on the issue, with 49% saying the economic system was fair and 52% saying it was unfair.

For Americans as a whole, the March 1-2 survey found that 53% of registered voters said the US economic system was somewhat or somewhat fair, while 47% said the opposite.

“Most Democrats think the economy is unfair while Republicans tend to think everything is fine, everything is fair, everything is not rigged, however you want to look at it. I think that really reflects the current political climate and the messages Democrats are hearing from presidential candidates. If you’re a Republican, you hear President Trump talking about how well the economy is doing,” said at The Hill Mallory Newall, director of research at Ipsos Public Affairs.

“On the Democrat side, there’s definitely a higher level of animosity and anxiety about this where they feel there’s a deeper chasm of developing income inequality and they don’t buy into it. not that the economy is doing well,” she added.

The Democratic primary race has narrowed to three candidates, two of whom are vying for a majority of delegates: former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Sanders, who is behind in the race for delegates after last week’s Super Tuesday contests, has stepped up his attacks on the former vice president, blaming him for taking money from billionaire donors.

Sanders, a democratic socialist who has made tackling income inequality the centerpiece of his campaign, has only accepted small donations.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online with 1,037 registered voters between March 1 and March 2. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

—Gabriela Schulte

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