Perceived, Not Actual, Conflict of Rich and Poor

Michael Medved

1/13/2012 2:07:25 PM - Michael Medved

A new survey from Pew Research Center showed two thirds of Americans believing that our nation is torn by “strong conflicts” between rich and poor – with a nineteen percent increase in those citing this clash since Obama became president.

More people now agree about the existence of such conflicts than similar splits between white and black, young and old, or immigrants and native born. But the survey doesn’t indicate that people experience rich-poor battles themselves—just that they believe they exist. Considering the administration’s nasty anti-business rhetoric, with repeated claims of the rich escaping their fair share of taxes, not to mention journalistic obsession with the Occupy Movement and its slurs against “the 1 percent,” it’s hardly surprising the public is increasingly aware of class warfare – even if reality shows that rich and poor actually prosper, or suffer, together.