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Minimum wage, income inequality lead issues in new poll

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A new Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that Americans are deeply concerned about the growing gap between rich and poor, and want the government to raise the minimum wage.

In the December survey, 57 percent said the federal government should take steps to reduce the gap between rich and poor, as opposed to 37 percent who said no government action should be taken.

Income inequality seem to be tied to raising the minimum wage. On that issue, 66 percent said the minimum wage should be raised, versus 31 percent who opposed it.

By a 34 percent margin, respondents said raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour was the right increase, followed by 25 percent who favored a boost to $10 an hour. Only 13 percent believed that minimum wage should remain at $7.25 or be lowered even further.

There is also dissatisfaction with government policies that do more the help the rich. Of those surveyed, 64 percent said current policies favored the wealthy, while only 26 percent said the government was doing enough to help less well-off Americans.

The poll was conducted by telephone Dec. 12-15, 2013, among a random national sample of 1,005 adults. Results have a 3.5 point margin of error.

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