Thursday, March 5, 2015
A new Pew Research Center survey shows that most Americans believe Barack Obama’s two terms in office have favored the rich, and have not benefited the middle class or the poor
In the survey, 66% of Pew’s 1,504 respondents say that “government economic policies since the recession have helped” wealthy people a “great deal” or a “fair amount.” Only 29% said that the wealthy were helped “not too much/not at all.” In contrast, only 26% of respondents said that middle-class people were helped a great deal or a fair amount while 72% of respondents said that the middle-class people were helped “not too much/not at all,” according to the Pew survey, which was released March 4, 2015. Only 32% said that poor people were helped, while 65% said that they were not helped. There’s plenty of outside data to support the sour view. The median household income in January 2015 was $54,332, which is 3.9% lower than January 2000, 15 years prior, according to a March 4, 2015 report by Sentier Research. The median number is the mid-point in the income scale. Half of the people earned above the number, and half earned below that number. Americans’ stalled income comes after both George W. Bush and Barack Obama stoked economic growth — but not wages — with waves of new lower-skilled immigrants. In November 2014, one in every five U.S. jobs was held by a foreign-born worker, up from one-in-six jobs in January 2010, according to federal data highlighted by the Center for Immigration Studies.