AP-NORC Poll: Income gap, Wall Street rules big for Dems

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A new poll finds most Democrats consider income inequality a very important issue and half of them think tougher regulations of the financial markets imposed after the 2008 financial crisis did not go far enough. The poll comes as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders enter a crucial stretch for the party’s nomination.

The poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research suggests support within the party for Sanders’ calls to increase regulations on Wall Street banks and address wide gaps between the nation’s wealthy and poor.

The poll found that most Democrats — and Republicans — support increasing the federal minimum wage, although they favour more incremental steps backed by Clinton.

Clinton and Sanders are vying for support in Nevada, which holds its Democratic caucuses Saturday.