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Poll: Plurality of voters say US does not do enough to redistribute wealth

A plurality of voters said the U.S. does not do enough to redistribute wealth, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Forty-fix percent of registered voters said in the April 9-12 survey said the country doesn't do enough to redistribute wealth while 23 percent that the country does too much.

Thirty-one percent of respondents said the U.S. is taking the right amount of action when it comes to redistributing wealth. 

A majority of Democratic voters, 62 percent, said the country doesn't do enough when it comes to wealth redistribution along with a plurality, 45 percent, of independents. 

By contrast, Republican voters are split on the issue.

Thirty-six percent said the country does too much to redistribute wealth, 35 percent said the U.S. is doing the right amount to redistribute wealth and 29 percent said the U.S. is not doing enough.

According to a March 5-8 survey, 56 percent of voters said a wealth tax on the ultra-rich is part of the solution to the nation's wealth inequality.

While wealth inequality has grown steadily over the past few decades, the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated wealth disparities in the country. Millions of Americans have faced unemployment over the last year amid state-wide shut downs, stay-at-home orders and social distancing requirements. 

However, major corporations such as Amazon and Facebook have prospered during the pandemic as more people turned to online tools and shopping to conduct to avoid person-to-person contact. 

President BidenJoe BidenKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' US officials testify on domestic terrorism in wake of Capitol attack MORE has proposed a corporate tax increase to pay for his infrastructure package that would refurbish and rebuild roadways, public transit and waterways, among other things. 

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 2,813 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 1.85 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte