How the rich are viewed: smarter, but greedier

So, how do you feel about the rich?

They’re different, no? More intelligent, perhaps, and also harder working, but greedier and less honest, too.

That, at least, is the prevailing sentiment expressed in a Pew Research Center survey which addresses an issue that’s been on the front burner much of this year and isn’t likely to go away during a Presidential election season.

More than half (58 percent) of those who responded to the survey said the rich don’t pay enough in taxes, and only 26 percent said they pay the right amount. Just 8 percent said they pay too much.

Don’t think that’s all jealousy, either. Among those respondents who described themselves as upper or middle class, 52 percent said upper-income Americans don’t pay enough in taxes.

Not everyone has a kill-the-rich mindset, however. Far from it. Among people who described themselves as lower-class, 84 percent said they admire those who get rich through hard work. Among those self-described as middle class, 92 percent admired the rich.

Two of three people surveyed said, though, that they believe the gap between rich and poor in America has grown in the last decade, and they feel that’s not a good thing.

9 comments Add your comment

Nobama

August 30th, 2012
11:21 am

It’s good to be a 1%er and pay more than 70% of the federal income taxes while 50% of the country receives checks, not write them!

Nobama

August 30th, 2012
11:22 am

I think it’s time to trade the Mercedes.

Nobama

August 30th, 2012
11:23 am

Did you hear Chicago Teachers are threatening to strike?

Yes We Can! Yes We Can!

GT

August 30th, 2012
11:40 am

Far from socialism, the question here is are people getting rich honestly or through corruption and accounting tricks. And is corruction and accounting tricks helping the national economy?

If you sell product on easy credit and book it as profit and the buyer defaults you still make your profit. It is like selling lemon cars the sell is made, the money made and the sucker is the buyer. Only in this case it is the taxpayer because the government under Bush covered all the bad debts with the bail out, is the sucker. The only people losing was the buyer of the product. The seller has his money, the bank lending the money given to the rich seller is saved, the sucker is homeless and broke.

monroe

August 30th, 2012
1:51 pm

the rich people have way too much money–the government should take a bunch of this money and give to poor people. I’m tired of these people having all that money.

gubmint cheese

August 30th, 2012
2:48 pm

Monroe, that’s already happening. The top 1% of wage earners pay about half of all the taxes. One of the largest federal budget items is social welfare programs. I’m sure a significant number of those are legitimately in spots where they have nowhere left to turn but to the government. I’d bet there is also a significant number who are lazy and addicted to government handouts.

AM

September 2nd, 2012
6:10 am

About 3-4% of your federal taxes goes to welfare. So if we cut out welfare, and people live under bridges and in staw huts, you could save about $40 per thousand you spent on taxes. Meanwhile crime rates go up ten-fold, and children run up to you begging for money, but hey you saved your greedy a$$ 40 bucks. The Republicans keep beating the same old tired drum, but don’t have the numbers and facts to prove it. They’re called “low information” voters. The pick up the headline in some spam email and run around repeating it.

AM

September 2nd, 2012
6:16 am

The Republicans won’t be satisfied until we look like a third world country, with dirt roads, no education, and people living in straw huts. Because all that stuff is called “Socialism”

AM

September 2nd, 2012
6:23 am

Also, if you don’t think the 1% doesn’t enjoy cheap and desperate labor, and not to mention all the half price mansions as a result of the housing crash, you better check yourself. To them, this economy is the best it’s ever been.