The New York Times published data from the Pew Research Center last Saturday (June 25, 2011, A17, "Polling Poverty and Pessimism"). The graph linked opinions about our struggling economy to household income. Here's what the report revealed:
"You have had trouble getting or paying for medical care for yourself or your family in the last year." Nine percent of those earning more than $75,000 said yes; 28% of those earning $30,000 to $75,000 said yes; and 51% of those earning less than $30,000 answered in the affirmative.
"You have had problems paying your rent or mortgage in the past year." Eleven percent of those in the top income bracket said yes; 25% in the mid-bracket said yes; 45% in the lower bracket replied yes.
"It is very or somewhat likely that you may be laid off over the next year." Of those in the top income range 12% said yes; in the middle 20% said yes; while 36% at the bottom answered yes.
"It is very or somewhat likely that you may be asked to take a pay cut over the next year." Twenty percent of the top; 26% of the middle and 37% at the bottom income range answered yes.
"You have gotten a pay raise at your current job or gotten a better job in the past year." Top: 48%; Middle: 44%; Bottom: 30%.
"Rate the economic condition in the country today as poor." Top: 41%; middle: 46% and bottom: 50%.