That isn’t to say that Americans don’t believe that economic inequality has increased. A Gallup poll from April found that 63 percent of Americans believed that the distribution of wealth in the country is unfair. And a Washington Postpoll from this summer found that 68 percent of respondents believe that the current economic system favors the wealthy. These polls indicate that the general population is aware that income is unevenly distributed in this country. Even so, most view themselves on the more fortunate side of the imbalance—but they’re wrong.
Not only are most people earning well below what they should be (if wages had kept up with inflation, productivity, and the pay increases of the top 1 percent of earners)—but most “middle class” people get the short end of the stick on taxes, home prices, education, and every other facet of wealth and access. If Americans knew the comforts of being as wealthy—like Trump and Bush do—perhaps more people would consider themselves “have nots” and be much more skeptical when those politicians make promises about economic growth.
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