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18% of Americans Say They Are Poor

Despite record highs for the stock market and historic levels of employment, more Americans are describing themselves as poor these days.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 18% of American Adults now consider themselves poor. Twenty percent (20%) felt that way in 2016, President Obama’s final full year in office, but that finding had dropped to 13% a year ago.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) describe themselves as middle-class, little changed from past surveying, with another 17% who say they are upper middle class. Only four percent (4%) see themselves as wealthy. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 23-24, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 23-24, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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