Who Are Americans? Interactive Exercises

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Who Thinks Economic Inequality Is a Problem?

An individual’s ideology and party identification may influence his or her opinions on specific issues. This activity will allow you to examine how public opinion is shaped regarding income inequality in the United States. The Occupy Wall Street movement brought this issue to the forefront of the national debate regarding class warfare, a topic that played an important role in the 2012 presidential campaign.

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What percentage of Americans with an income between $20,000 and $40,000 believed there is a conflict between rich and poor?
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What percentage of Americans with an income over $75,000 believed there is a conflict between rich and poor?
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What conclusion can be derived from comparing the data across all income categories?
4. Do the data suggest that each income group agrees on the nature of the conflict between rich and poor?

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5. How do you account for a gap of 24 percentage points between the opinions of liberals and those of conservatives on this topic?
6. What conclusion can be derived from comparing the data across all ideological categories?

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Why do members of the Democratic Party report that there is a conflict between rich and poor at a much higher rate than Republican and Independent voters? Which of these ideological camps is more likely to support government action to close the income inequality gap?
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What conclusion can be derived from comparing the data across all political party categories?
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Based on the full report from the Pew Research Center create a top five list of factors that most heavily influence public opinion regarding income inequality.
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Examine the data from this report by ProPublica. Within the report are links to studies from the Congressional Budget Office and the U.S. Treasury Department, among many other sources. What similarities, consistencies, or patterns do you see in all this information?

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