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Pew Research: America’s rich think the poor have it easy

Pew Research: America’s rich think the poor have it easy

According to the Washington Post’s analysis of new data from the Pew Research Center, wealthy Americans think that the poorest Americans “have it easy.”

Do you find this attitude in your church?

There is little empathy at the top.

Most of America’s richest think poor people have it easy in this country, according to a new report released by the Pew Research Center. The center surveyed a nationally representative group of people this past fall, and found that the majority of the country’s most financially secure citizens (54 percent at the very top, and 57 percent just below) believe the “poor have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return.” America’s least financially secure, meanwhile, vehemently disagree — nearly 70 percent say the poor have hard lives because the benefits “don’t go far enough.” Nationally, the population is almost evenly split.


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Kevin McGrane

It is odd that just yesterday I read a brief article in The Atlantic (online) by Amitai Etzioni that only 4% of the US voting public rank poverty, hunger, and homelessness as top political concerns. (“The Left’s Unpopular Populism”) That means 96% think other things are more important than our poor citizens. In light of Matthew 25: 31-46, we can forget about the notion that America is a “Christian nation”.

Deacon Kevin McGrane Sr.

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