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Wealth and Poverty

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If I Were a Rich Man: Public Attitudes About Wealth and Taxes

In his State of the Union address President Obama called for tax increases for the wealthiest Americans. Does the public support such a tax increase, and how do their attitudes fit into larger perceptions about wealth?

Public Perspective – Work Not Welfare

Public Perspective, March/April 2002 In August 1996, Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed a historic bill ending “welfare as ...

Can’t Buy Me Love

Public Perspective, November/December 2000 So, how do Americans really feel about money? Read more ...

Related Data

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Poverty in America: AEI/LA Times Polls

In 1985, the late I. A. Lewis, director of the LA Times poll, and William Schneider produced a poll on attitudes toward poverty in America.  The survey included an oversample of individuals who were living in poverty according to federal government guidelines.

2001 Poverty in America Poll

The 2001 Poverty in America poll was conducted by ICR for the National Public Radio, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Kennedy School of Government.

Charts & graphics

How Much Money Makes You Rich 2011
How Much Money Makes You Rich 1948