Mini Poll: Rich or Poor. Which is which?

Do you consider yourself to be rich, upper income, middle income, lower income, or poor?


Rich:
 4%
Upper income:
 22%
Middle income:
 50%
Lower income:
 22%
Poor:
 3%

 


How likely is it that you will ever be rich some day?


Very likely:
 7%
Somewhat likely:
 17%
Not very likely:
 43%
Not at all likely:
 32%
I am already rich:
 2%

 


How much money per year would you need in order to consider yourself rich?


$50,000 a year (median household income in 2011):
 4%
$100,000 a year:
 7%
$150,000 a year:
 19%
$300,000 a year:
 34%
$1 million a year:
 30%
A lot more than any of those numbers:
 6%

 


All in all, if you had your choice, would you want to be rich?


Yes:
 80%
No:
 14%
I am already rich, but wish I were not:
 1%
I am already rich:
 5%

 


In general, are rich people in America today happier than you are or less happy?


Happier:
 29%
Less happy:
 12%
About the same:
 56%
I am already rich:
 2%

 


If you could choose between marrying someone rich and marrying someone not rich, which would you choose?


Rich:
 78%
Not rich:
 22%

Male Respondents:

Rich:
 74%
Not rich:
 26%

Female Respondents:

Rich:
 82%
Not rich:
 18%

 


If you had to choose between being rich and being in love, which would you choose?


Rich:
 20%
Love:
 80%

Male Respondents:

Rich:
 13%
Love:
 87%

Female Respondents:

Rich:
 29%
Love:
 71%

 


Do you think your children will be better off financially than you are, or not?


Better off:
 21%
Not better off:
 33%
About the same:
 25%
No kids ahead:
 18%
I am a kid:
 2%

Male Respondents:

Better off:
 21%
Not better off:
 33%
About the same:
 27%
No kids ahead:
 17%
I am a kid:
 2%

Female Respondents:

Better off:
 23%
Not better off:
 33%
About the same:
 23%
No kids ahead:
 21%
I am a kid:
 1%

 


In general, do you think the United States is better off, or not, from having a rich class of people?


Better off:
 62%
Not better off:
 38%

 


How much conflict is there between rich people and poor people in the United States?


Very strong conflicts:
 18%
Strong conflicts:
 50%
Not very strong conflicts:
 29%
No conflicts:
 3%

 


Which of the following social divides is characterized by the strongest, most pervasive conflicts?


Rich/Poor:
 24%
Black/White:
 46%
Young/Old:
 5%
Male/Female:
 3%
Native born/Immigrant:
 7%
Cubs/Cardinals:
 8%
Something else:
 7%

 


In general, is a political candidate’s wealth a major reason to support or oppose that candidate?


Reason to support:
 5%
Reason to oppose:
 12%
Not a major reason one way or the other:
 83%

 


In particular, is Mitt Romney’s wealth a major reason to support or oppose his presidential candidacy?


Reason to support:
 14%
Reason to oppose:
 24%
Not a major reason one way or the other:
 62%

 


In General vs. Romney in particular:

Reason to Support:

20

In General | For Romney | Difference: -9%

Reason to Oppose:

In General | For Romney | Difference: -12%

 


Are you


Male:
 55%
Female:
 45%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.