Economic Mobility Trumps the Income Gap as Bigger Worry — WSJ/NBC Poll

Presidential candidates, take note: When it comes to class differences, Americans are far more concerned about moving up the economic ladder than about the rich becoming richer.

The debate over rising income inequality jumped into high gear last year when French economist Thomas Piketty ‘s book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century , became a surprise bestseller.By a greater than 2-to-1 margin, however, Americans said they’re less worried about the income gap, per se, and more worried about how middle- or working-class Americans can get ahead financially, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. The issue of […]