People with family incomes above $75,000 are more likely than others to say the poor have not worked hard enough. “Don't know” responses are not shown.

Source: Amina Dunn, “Partisans are divided over the fairness of the U.S. economy — and why people are rich or poor,” Pew Research Center, Oct. 4, 2018, https://tinyurl.com/y8ha8fbm

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Family Income of Respondents Percentage who say a person is rich because he or she worked harder Percentage who say a person is rich because he or she had advantages in life Percentage who say a person is poor because of a lack of effort Percentage who say a person is poor because of circumstances beyond his or her control
Total 43% 42% 31% 52%
$75,000 or more 49% 37% 38% 46%
$30,000–74,999 41% 43% 25% 53%
Less than $30,000 36% 56% 31% 56%

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