It is a fundamental fault line of contemporary American politics: Republicans adamantly oppose higher taxes on the wealthy, while Democrats consider such taxes a moral and fiscal imperative. This disagreement plays a central role in the election campaign, and it threatens to derail any deal to cut the deficit.
But conservative opinion on this issue may be more malleable than anyone realizes. Newly published research suggests that, for those on the right, support for this specific form of wealth redistribution depends on how the issue is framed.
Writing in the journal Psychological Science, Rosalind Chow and Jeff Galak of Carnegie Mellon University describe an online study featuring 79 American citizens (mean age 28) who expressed their views about income inequality.
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