58 percent say America not divided into 'haves' and 'have-nots'

A majority of Americans surveyed in a new Gallup poll say the U.S. is not divided into “haves” and “have-nots." 

Fifty-eight percent of respondents disagreed that such a divide exists, according to the survey, while 41 percent said it does.

Gallup has recorded similar results since 1998 except in 2008, the first full year of the economic recession, when the portion of Americans rejecting the divide reached a low of 49 percent, according to the pollster.


The number of people saying that such a divide exists, however, is higher than it was in 1988, when 72 percent of respondents said there was no such divide in America compared to just 26 percent who said there was a divide.

Fifty-seven percent of Democratic respondents and 70 percent of black respondents said a divide between haves and have-nots exists.

Overall, 51 percent of nonwhites surveyed believed in a divide between the haves and have-nots, though only 38 percent of Hispanic respondents did, according to Gallup. African-Americans have consistently seen more of a divide between haves and have-nots in the Gallup poll.

Fifty-six percent of those polled see themselves as “haves,” compared to 36 percent who describe themselves as “have-nots.” These figures have been relatively stable for the last 15 years, including during the recession last decade, according to Gallup.

Whites are much more likely to identify as “haves,” at 64 percent, compared to 38 percent of nonwhites.

Gallup collected the data between Feb. 12 and Feb. 28 from 1,932 adults nationwide, with a 3 percentage point margin of error.