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Most Americans think the country benefits from the wealthiest ‘1 percent’

Most American’s like the wealthiest 1 percent of the country despite a buzz about economic inequality, according to a recent Gallup poll.

When asked if the United States benefits from having a rich class of people, 63 percent of respondents said it does while 34 percent responded with “no.” That’s slightly higher than the 62 percent who said “yes” in 1990.

“The remarkable similarity in Americans’ views over this 22-year span shows that despite the recent economic recession and the renewed focus from the Obama administration on the unequal distribution of wealth in contemporary society, Americans’ belief in the value of having the ‘rich among us’ has not changed,” Frank Newport, Gallup’s editor in chief, said in the article.

There is a large partisan schism in respondents who like having a rich class in the country.

Eighty percent of Republicans said the country is better off having a rich population, while only 52 percent of Democrats agreed.

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