There are stark socioeconomic differences among Republicans when it comes to issues like poverty, health care and education.
Pew Research analyst Meredith Dost notes that Republicans are far less supportive than Democrats of a strong government role on issues related to the social safety net, but it’s a subject on which the party has notable divisions within its ranks. Dost writes:
About half of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents with annual family incomes of less than $30,000 say the federal government should have a major role in helping people get out of poverty (53%) and ensuring access to health care (50%). Among Republicans and Republican leaners with annual incomes of $75,000 or more, just 24% favor a major role for government in helping lift people from poverty, and 20% want it to have a major role in ensuring access to health care.