Tuesday, July 12, 2011
One-in-five working Americans continue to classify themselves as poor, while the number of those who consider themselves middle class has fallen to a two-year low.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of working Adults shows that most (57%) still would describe themselves as middle class. Twenty percent (20%) view themselves as poor, while another 18% say they are upper middle class. Just two percent (2%) consider themselves wealthy. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Since April 2009, the number of adults classifying themselves as the working poor has ranged from a low of nine percent (9%) to a high of 22%. In May, 20% said they were working poor, while 61% described themselves as middle class. Sixty-eight percent (68%) regarded themselves as middle class in November 2009.
Thirty-six percent (36%) of adults expect to earn more money a year from today, down two points from May, but only 12% expect to make less money. Nearly half (47%) believe they will be earning about the same amount of money in one year’s time, up nine points from May and also the highest level measured in over two years.
The survey of 596 Employed Adults was conducted on July 5-6, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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