Statistics show rising income inequality in the United States. But, contrary to the impression created by the Occupy protests, and media coverage thereof, statistics also show that Americans worry less about inequality than they used to.
In a Dec. 16 Gallup poll, 52 percent of Americans called the rich-poor gap "an acceptable part of our economic system." Only 45 percent said it "needs to be fixed." This is the precise opposite of what Gallup found in 1998, the last time it asked the question, when 52 percent wanted to "fix" inequality.
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