Two Americas

My co-author Tim Smeeding draws my attention to some fascinating new research. In 1988, three-quarters of Americans thought that their society was not one of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. Now, half of them think it does fit that description.

More details here.

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4 Responses to Two Americas

  1. Patrick says:

    You do realise that the original quote is ‘there are two Americas…one of them is John Edwards’ house‘, don’t you?

  2. The long slow death of American exceptionalism perhaps (but the Australian left are the most devoted believers in American exceptionalism). How would international politics impact on this if Americans came to see the US as just a state among states rather than the single superpower or even one of two superpowers?

  3. Leon says:

    Fascinating! It’s interesting that all but one of the statistics they cite as evidence of actual inequality apply to the top 1% of earners. What was it about Reagan that led people to abandon the have/have-not mentality, compared with the current state of affairs?

  4. Patrick says:

    Also, the top 1% in America pay more income tax than the bottom 90%.

    That’s pretty progressive.

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