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January 2020

Latest Poll: Life Experiences and Income Inequality in the United States

Check out the HSPH Forum on “Life Experiences and Income Inequality in the U.S.: Implications for Health”

January 27th, 2020. NPR Shots Health News, Heard on Morning Edition “When Insurance Won’t Cover Drugs, Americans Make ‘Tough Choices’ About Their Health”

January 9, 2020. NPR Politics  “Richest Republicans View Health Care Far Differently Than Poorest, NPR Poll Finds”

January 9, 2020. NPR Shots Health News Is There Hope For The American Dream? What Americans Think About Income Inequality

Presented jointly with NPR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. January 2020

While income inequality increases, a survey done by NPR, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that the life experiences of Americans differ drastically across income groups.

Life Experiences and Income Inequality in the United States explores the hardships of affording basic needs, but also Americans’ outlook on future economic opportunity. While many middle- and lower-income individuals struggle with financial setbacks, affording health care, and are discontent with their financial situation, they believe that current financial status does not determine future economic success.

RWJF’s Key Findings:

  • Ninety-three percent of the top 1 percent highest-income adults, 89 percent of middle-income adults, and 87 percent of lower-income adults believe that hard work is the most important factor to achieve economic success in America.
  • Only 8 percent of adults with the top 1 percent highest incomes say their families have experienced serious problems paying for medical bills, dental bills, or prescription drugs in the past few years; nearly half of middle-income adults and a majority of lower-income adults say this.
  • Twenty-seven percent of the top 1 percent believe it should be a very important priority for government to reduce income differences between people with high incomes and those with lower income, compared to the forty-two percent of lower-income adults who share this view.
  • Eighty percent of the top 1 percent highest income adults believe that their children or grandchildren will achieve the American Dream compared to 78 percent of middle-income adults and 70 percent of lower-income adults.

 

Media coverage on this poll release:

NPR: Richest Republicans View Health Care Far Differently Than Poorest, NPR Poll Finds

NPR: Public Health: Is There Hope For The American Dream? What Americans Think About Income Inequality

Washington Post: The 1% are much more satisfied with their lives than everyone else, survey finds

 

2018

The “Life in Rural America” polling series is based on a survey conducted for National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The Life in Rural America – Part I survey was conducted June 6 – August 4, 2018, among a nationally representative, probability based telephone (cell and landline) sample of 1,300 adults ages 18 or older living in the rural United States. The purpose of this survey was to understand the current views and experiences of rural Americans on economic and health issues

The Life in Rural America—Part II survey covers rural Americans’ personal experiences with health, social, civic, and economic issues in their local communities. It was conducted January 31 – March 2, 2019, among a nationally representative, probability-based telephone (cell and landline) sample of 1,405 adults ages 18 or older living in the rural United States.

Report and Topline Life in Rural America – Part I

Report and Topline Life in Rural America – Part II

NPR Series Coverage

Forum Webcast – “Health and Economic Concerns of Rural Americans”

Discrimination in America