A majority of voters believe the U.S. political system only works for insiders with money and power, a new Hill-HarrisX poll reveals.
Fifty-seven percent of registered voters said the country’s political system worked for the elite while 32 percent said it worked for everyone.
Eleven percent of voters said the American political system does not work for anyone.
The poll revealed various demographic divisions on the issue.
Women were 12 percentage points more likely than men to say the US political system only works for insiders. Sixty-three percent of female voters believed the political system only worked for the privileged few while 51 percent of male voters said the same.
Sixty-one percent of low-income voters said the US political system only works for insiders with money and power, compared to 55% of high-income voters.
Democrats and Independents were more likely than Republicans to say the political system only works for insiders.
Seventy-one percent of Democratic voters and 60 percent of independent voters thought so about the political system, compared to 39 percent of Republican voters.
The poll found that Republican voters were the only subgroup with a majority opinion that the American political system works for everyone.
“It is a very clear concern that the majority of voters think that the economic system and the political system, which of course are closely linked, only work for those who are rich or who are well connected,” Felicia Wong, President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, told The Hill.
“I think however that the thing to watch is how it will, again, affect and be affected by the current economic crisis,” she added.
The poll results follow the adoption of an economic stimulus package aimed at providing relief to Americans during the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Some have criticized the package for giving too much relief to businesses and not enough to the average American worker.
“The American public is very concerned that the money is being used to support workers, to keep employees on the payroll, and not being used for things like share buybacks or compensation. excessive CEOs, ”Wong said.
The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 1,002 registered voters between March 22 and 23. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.