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We asked young voters if the 2016 candidates are really addressing inequality

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We asked young voters if the 2016 candidates are really addressing inequality

We asked young people across the country if they thought Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump were doing enough to address inequality issues that some feel are plaguing American society.

Reducing inequality is a top priority 

A Harvard University poll of thousands of young voters found that reducing inequality was one of the top-three issues they want the 2016 presidential candidates to address.

Although Clinton and Trump have released economic plans that attempt to deal with issues like income inequality and women's working rights, young voters are concerned that the candidates aren't getting to the heart of racial inequality and other forms of discrimination. 

Is Hillary Clinton doing enough to address inequality in America?

"It's disheartening because there are so many strides that we've made as Americans... we've made progress as people, and now you look at your leaders, and it's almost like you have to wonder if they're taking you back." - Florida 

Is Donald Trump doing enough to address inequality in America?

"I feel like if they're talking about it, I feel like they really have to, in order to get support, but I don't think they're really trying to address it." - Washington, D.C. 

Hillary Clinton has addressed multiple aspects of inequality. 

Donald Trump has been quieter on issues of racial and gender equality.

Income equality: a long road ahead

When it comes to dealing with inequality issues, the next president will have a lot of work to do.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, income inequality has increased by 5.5 percent since 1993, the earliest year with available comparable data. In 2015, there were an estimated 43.1 million Americans living in poverty. 

Poll: Americans skeptical of improvement

Many Americans have a bleak view of the future when it comes to gender and race equality. According to a recent poll from the Pew Research Center, 43 percent of black Americans said they don't think the U.S. government will make the changes needed to achieve racial equality.

Another Pew poll found 53 percent of Americans think there are still significant obstacles that make it harder for women to get ahead than men.  

It's up to Americans, not the president 

Some young voters think inequality issues are not going to be solved by ANY president.

"I'm of the belief that at the end of the day, it's the people who make the difference, and not necessarily the president or the laws." - Washington, D.C.

"I feel like neither president [candidate] would be able to do that. This will probably be an issue over time," - Texas

"The most important thing is coming together and being a united front because, at the end of the day, we're all Americans." - Florida

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