Pew Research CenterFebruary 4, 2016

Most Americans Say Government Doesn’t Do Enough to Help Middle Class

As Americans begin casting the first ballots in the 2016 presidential election, neither political party is widely viewed as supportive of the middle class in this country.

Fact TankFebruary 4, 2016

What Americans say it takes to be middle class

The vast majority of American adults agree that a secure job and the ability to save money for the future are essential. But one thing is now less likely to be seen as a requirement: a college education.

Fact TankDecember 10, 2015

5 takeaways about the American middle class

The middle class has long been the country’s economic majority, but our new analysis finds that’s no longer true.

Pew Research CenterDecember 9, 2015

The American Middle Class Is Losing Ground

After more than four decades of serving as the nation’s economic majority, the U.S. middle class is now matched in size by those in the economic tiers above and below it.

Fact TankSeptember 22, 2015

The many ways to measure economic inequality

Just what is “economic inequality”? Depends on whom you ask.

Fact TankSeptember 10, 2015

How the geography of U.S. poverty has shifted since 1960

The South continues to be home to many of America’s poor, though to a lesser degree than a half-century ago. In 1960, half (49%) of impoverished Americans lived in the South. By 2010, that share had dropped to 41%.

Fact TankAugust 3, 2015

The real value of a $15 minimum wage depends on where you live

Although most Americans back a higher minimum wage, wide disparities in local living costs make finding an appropriate rate difficult.

Fact TankJuly 9, 2015

How Americans compare with the global middle class

On a global scale, the vast majority of Americans are either upper-middle income or high income. And many Americans who are classified as “poor” by the U.S. government would be middle income globally.

Pew Research CenterMay 27, 2015

Trade Agreements Seen as Good for U.S., But Concerns Persist

Majorities across income categories say free trade deals have been a positive thing for the U.S., but there are much wider income differences in opinions about the personal impact of these agreements.

Pew Research CenterMarch 4, 2015

Views of Government Policies Since Start of Great Recession

Majorities say that post-recession policies have helped large banks, large corporations and the wealthy, but not small businesses, the middle class or the poor.