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Winners And Losers

The richer you are, the more likely you are to think participation trophies are bunk

Sorry, losers, but a 57 percent majority of Americans say that when it comes to kids and sports, only winners should get trophies, according to a new Reason survey. Meanwhile, only 40 percent channel Oprah in saying everyone should get a prize.

Lurking beneath the topline numbers, though, is an interesting demographic finding: Rich people are way more opposed to participation trophies than those who are less wealthy. Among those who make less than $30,000 per year, 55 percent think everyone should get a trophy. At the other end of the spectrum, among those making $110,000 per year and up, three-fourths say participation trophies are silly.

Similarly, the survey found that opposition to participation trophies rose in tandem with increasing age, education, and conservatism.