What America Thinks: Who is the Middle Class?
With politicians always talking about the middle class, it’s time to ask: Who is the middle class? 60% of Americans consider themselves middle class, and another 16% say they’re upper-middle class. Americans themselves mostly define the middle class as any households earning between $50,000 and $100,000 a year. 28% also include those making between $25,000 and $50,000 a year.
There’s general partisan agreement over what constitutes the middle class, though Democrats are slightly more likely than Republicans and unaffiliateds to include those earning between $25,000 and $50,000 in that group.
But all Americans think the middle class gets the short end of the stick, economically speaking. A large majority consistently believes middle-class Americans pay a larger share of their income in taxes than wealthy Americans, and most voters continue to say the U.S. economy is unfair to the middle class.