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  •  20% think they in the top 1%. (2+ / 0-)
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    Another 20% think that they will be in the tp 1% some day. 10% don't know.

    Ann Richards on how to be a good Republican: You have to be against all government programs, but expect Social Security checks on time.

    by shoeless on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 08:05:15 AM PDT

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    •  Actually the Opposite (0+ / 0-)

      Most people in the top 20% don't realize it since they are just a step above the average American standard of living and light years away from the top 1%.

      My household is technically in the top 15% but  like most of our peers, we live in an expensive part of the country, have trouble affording college for our kids, worry about going bankrupt due to job loss or sickness and wonder if we are going to be able to afford retire. In short most of the people in my income bracket aren't feeling particularly rich. It is hard convincing people at are level that we are near the top when we can't even match the level of economic health enjoyed by our parents who had much more modest jobs.

      If you asked my neighbors how well-off they are compared to the rest of the country, they would say, solid middle-class, slightly above the median income. They have no idea how bad most Americans have it.

      •  I bet most of them are Republicans, (0+ / 0-)

        and have no idea that even they are voting against their own best interests.

        Ann Richards on how to be a good Republican: You have to be against all government programs, but expect Social Security checks on time.

        by shoeless on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 10:19:10 AM PDT

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