2014-01-23T185332Z_1_CBREA0M1GHN00_RTROPTP_2_USA-WEATHER

U.S. divided over how to tackle income gap, poverty: poll

A man pushes a cart up the road while scavenging for bottles and cans during a winter nor'easter snowstorm in LynnAs the gap between the nation’s wealthy and poor grows, Americans are deeply divided along political party lines over how to bridge income inequality, a survey released on Thursday showed. President Barack Obama has pledged to make poverty and inequality a priority for his second term, having campaigned for re-election in 2012 largely on boosting the middle class. But the Pew Research Center poll shows stark dissonance over the federal government’s role in addressing the gap and highlights the president’s challenge in enacting new policies in Washington amid steep divisions between liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans. Nearly two-thirds of the 1,504 adults polled believe income inequality has grown during the past decade.

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