October 3, 2007

America’s “Have-Nots”

34%

That’s the percentage of the public who say they are probably among the “have-nots” in society rather than the “haves” — twice the number who said so two decades ago.

The number of Americans who see themselves among the “have-nots” of society has doubled over the past two decades, from 17% in 1988 to 34% today. In 1988, far more Americans said that, if they had to choose, they probably were among the “haves” (59%) rather than the “have-nots” (17%). Today this gap is far narrower (45% “haves” vs. 34% “have-nots”). Read More