Majority of Californians Believe COVID-19 is Increasing Inequality in the U.S.

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The Berkeley IGS Poll, conducted by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS), surveyed 8,800 registered California voters to assess public opinion on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Nearly 70 percent of respondents overall somewhat or strongly agreed that the COVID-19 pandemic is increasing U.S. inequality. Democrats were significantly more likely to agree with this sentiment, as 82 percent of Democrats agreed compared to 40 percent of Republicans. Additionally, nearly 59 percent of respondents believe that the pandemic is affecting black people more than others. Those who strongly disapproved of Trump were much more likely to respond that COVID-19 is increasing inequality, particularly racial inequality.

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