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.