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Rising Share of Americans See Conflict Between Rich and Poor | Pew Social & Demographic Trends

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The Occupy Wall Street movement no longer occupies Wall Street, but the issue of class conflict has captured a growing share of the national consciousness. A new Pew Research Center survey of 2,048 adults finds that about two-thirds of the public (66%) believes there are “very strong” or “strong” conflicts between the rich and the poor—an increase of 19 percentage points since 2009.

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Not only have perceptions of class conflict grown more prevalent; so, too, has the belief that these disputes are intense. According to the new survey, three-in-ten Americans (30%) say there are “very strong conflicts” between poor people and rich people. That is double the proportion that offered a similar view in July 2009 and the largest share expressing this opinion since the question was first asked in 1987.

As a result, in the public’s evaluations of divisions within American society, conflicts between rich and poor now rank ahead of three other potential sources of group tension—between immigrants and the native born; between blacks and whites; and between young and old. Back in 2009, more survey respondents said there were strong conflicts between immigrants and the native born than said the same about the rich and the poor.

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2 thoughts on “Rising Share of Americans See Conflict Between Rich and Poor | Pew Social & Demographic Trends

  1. Reblogged this on Kmareka.com and commented:
    Class consciousness is on the rise — finally! Brought to you in part by the Occupy Wall Street movement.

    Posted by Kiersten Marek | March 5, 2012, 8:06 pm

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