* As I told you earlier today, a strong majority of Illinoisans believe that corruption is widespread in Illinois business, according to the latest Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll…
More than six respondents in ten (62.3 percent) agreed that corruption is widespread in Illinois business.
• Black (73.4 percent) and Hispanic respondents (65.9 percent) were more likely than whites (57.6 percent) to say corruption in Illinois business is widespread
• Respondents in households with incomes lower than $50,000 (70.8 percent) were also more likely than average to say corruption in Illinois business is widespread.
* The Institute asked some other class-related questions…
Which of these statements comes closer to your own view - even if neither is exactly right.
Most rich people today are wealthy mainly because of their own hard work, ambition or education 40.4%
Most rich people today are wealthy mainly because they know the right people or are born into wealthy families 46.9%
Neither (VOL) 2.2%
Both equally (VOL) 7.8%
Other/don’t know 2.7%
Do you feel that the distribution of money and wealth in this country today is fair, or do you feel that the money and wealth in this country should be more evenly distributed among a larger percentage of the people?
Fair now 34.5%
Should be more even 57.8%
Other/Don’t know 7.7%
Do you think the federal government should or should not pursue policies that try to reduce the gap between wealthy and less well-off Americans?
Should not 41.1%
Other/Don’t know 6.8%