Americans Drastically Underestimate the Number of Poor People in Their Country

August 20, 2014 at 1:47 PM 2 comments

I find this graph interesting in two ways.  (1) Look at the top right image.  That reflects the income strata in Germany.  Notice how it is weighted at the middle-income level.  (2)  Now look at the bottom right image.  That reflects the income distribution in the United States.  Notice the huge number of poor and the relatively small middle-income.  To the left of both of these images is how people in Germany and the U.S. think income in their country is distributed. Look how out of kilter what Americans think is to the reality.

I like the reality in Germany best.  That’s roughly the way the U.S. was in the 1950s and ’60s.

Middle Class in Germany

(Image via FT.com)

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  • 1. Kevin Crosby  |  August 20, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    The URL you provided for the embeddable graphic in your “Via” hyperlink is apparently for your use such that after creating my free account it said I’d used up all of my free article views this month. So I guessed at what the link is supposed to be, and can view the article here:
    http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/33c9aa64-260b-11e4-9bca-00144feabdc0.html
    To embed the interactive graphic:

    [LESS THAN] iframe width=”800″ height=”840″ src=”http://www.iwkoeln.de/__extendedmedia_resources/176927/index.html” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> [LESS THAN] /iframe>

  • 2. Say It Ain't So Already  |  August 20, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Thank you for that.

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