by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
From Pew’s Samantha Smith comes another example of our political divide:
Beyond partisan differences over economic policies, there are stark divisions on a fundamental question: What makes someone rich or poor? Most Republicans link a person’s financial standing to their own hard work – or the lack of it. Most Democrats say that whether someone is rich or poor is more attributable to circumstances beyond their control.
For me, this data shines the light on the differing views of the role of government by the two major parties: equal opportunity vs. defined outcome. The full piece by Pew is worth your time.