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.
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.
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.
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.
The many ways to measure economic inequality
Just what is “economic inequality”? Depends on whom you ask.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.