Reuters/Ipsos Economy Poll

A majority of Americans agree that the very rich should contribute an extra share of their total wealth to support public programs.

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  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, January 10, 2020  A new public opinion poll conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Thomson Reuters finds that 64% of Americans agree with the statement “the very rich should contribute an extra share of their total wealth each year to support public programs”. This study, conducted among 4,441 Americans, also shows that Democrats are more likely to agree with the statement (77%), but a majority of Republicans also agree (53%). Approximately one-third of Americans (34%) agree that “the very rich should be allowed to keep the money they have, even if it means increasing inequality”. A majority of Republicans agree with this statement (56%) compared to just 21% of Democrats.  

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About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between December 17-23, 2020 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 4,441 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 1,908 Democrats, 1,658 Republicans, and 479 independents. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 1.7 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error. The poll also has a credibility interval ± 2.6 percentage points for Democrats, ± 2.7 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 5.1 percentage points for independents.

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Ipsos is the world’s third largest market research company, present in 90 markets and employing more than 18,000 people.Our passionately curious research professionals, analysts and scientists have built unique multi-specialist capabilities that provide true understanding and powerful insights into the actions, opinions and motivations of citizens, consumers, patients, customers or employees. We serve more than 5000 clients across the world with 75 business solutions.

Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos is listed on the Euronext Paris since July 1st, 1999. The company is part of the SBF 120 and the Mid-60 index and is eligible for the Deferred Settlement Service (SRD).

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The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs

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