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Many wealthy Americans are poised to emerge from the pandemic in better shape than they entered it, widening the gulf between the rich and the poor, a new study suggests.

About 40% of upper-income adults in the U.S. said their financial situation improved in the past year, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Friday.

Almost one-third of their lower-income counterparts said their finances had worsened over the same period.

Those in the wealthier group said they bolstered their savings during the outbreak since they couldn’t spend money on things they normally would.

More than eight out of 10 respondents in the wealthier group described their finances as excellent or good, the study shows.

Almost three-quarters of those in the lower-income category said their finances were in only fair or poor shape, with about one-third saying they worry about being able to buy enough food to feed their families.

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