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Poll finds Californians see wealth gap growing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A new Field Poll finds that a majority of Californians are unhappy with the wealth and income gap in the state but are divided over whether the government should do more to intervene or whether to raise the minimum wage higher.

The survey released Wednesday finds that by a 54 percent to 38 percent margin Californians say they are dissatisfied with the way income and wealth are distributed.

The view is shared by similar numbers of Democrats and Republicans and across virtually all age, income and gender groups.

The findings come amid a national debate about the widening gap between the wealthy and other people.

The Field Poll interviewed 1,020 adults from June 5-22. The poll has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

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