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Poverty compounds many policies and social issues, from education to incarceration, and affects communities regardless of political affiliation. This means that both sides have incentives to mitigate it, resulting in a lot of common ground on the issue.

Here are a few examples of data and stories to support that:

  • 67% of Democrats, 73% of Independents, and 77% of Republicans are skeptical that the government knows enough to fix poverty, according to the Cato Institute’s (Lean Right) 2019 data.
  • 83% of Republicans, 73% of Democrats, and 72% of Independents agree that the government’s war on poverty has been ineffective, and majorities of Democrats (69%), independents (76%), Republicans (90%), believe more economic growth will better help people in poverty, according to the same data from the Cato Institute.
  • Across party lines, only 37% of Americans say they support the government getting active in reducing differences in income, while  39% oppose it outright, according to Forbes’s (Center) report on a 2019 survey from The Voter Study Group. 
  • Among those who say there is too much income inequality, 56% of Republicans and 65% of Democrats say “ensuring workers have the skills they need for today’s jobs” would do a great deal to reduce economic inequality in the U.S., according to 2020 data from Pew Research (Center Bias).
  • When those who say there’s too much economic inequality in the U.S. are asked about the best approach for addressing it, 89% of Republicans and 81% of Democrats say it would be better for the government to invest in education and job training programs for people who are poor, the same Pew Research survey found. 

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Clare Ashcraft is the Bridging & Bias Assistant at AllSides. She has a Center bias.

This piece was reviewed and edited by Managing Editor Henry A. Brechter (Center) and Research Manager and Data Journalist Andrew Weinzierl (Lean Left)