The nation’s wealthiest think that the poor have it pretty easy.
A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 54% of those with the greatest financial security believe that “poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return.”
Only 36% of the wealthiest say “poor people have hard lives because government benefits don’t go far enough to help them live decently.”
Those struggling the most financially believe that the poor need more help by more than a two-to-one margin.
The two groups also hold opposite views about the role of government. More than 60% of the well-to-do say that government can’t afford to do more for the needy, while 60% of those struggling say the government should do more — even if that means taking on more debt.
The wealthy and the poor also disagree on corporate profits. The rich say most corporations make a “fair and reasonable amount of profit,” while 65% of the poor believe corporations make “far too much.”
There’s more common ground between the two groups when it comes to immigration. About 65% of the rich say immigrants strengthen the country with their hard work and talent, while 27% say immigrants are a burden on the country. Most poor people surveyed agree that immigrants have a positive impact on the U.S., but by a smaller margin, just 51%, while 44% of low-income respondents said immigrants have a negative impact.
“Let them eat cake” I feel soo bad for how hard it is for the wealthiest people while those poor people have it so easy!
Me too. It must be hard to have so much you can’t decide what to use or wear. Hugs, Barbara
I don;t know how I feel about this all – but I liked this post and that graph has me thinking… hmmm
also hope you feel better soon
Thanks. All I ask is that you think…and follow your heart. Hugs, Barbara
I think those wealthy people should walk a week in the shoes of the poor.
Happy New Year. 🙂
Hope you feel better soon.
As for this post – I guess easy to think that when you are sitting pretty never having to worry where a next meal may come from or if you will find a comfy enough spot to sleep at so that one could get a descent night’s sleep.
people need to see. Hugs, Barbara
here in the UK.. a couple of years ago the TV did a kind of reality show.. As celebrities went into poor homes to see how they lived for a week.. They went in saying they could help them budget better etc..
It was a real eye opener to some.. One celebrity went out shopping and blew in half of the poor persons budget by buying a joint of beef.. She spent half of what she had to live on with one joint of meat… It shocked her.. She started her own campaign about poverty..
Another celebrity was supposed to be sleeping rough like those on our streets do.. it was found he slipped away to a hotel for the night.. Yes .. The Poor have it easy all-right.
Great Post.. xxx