The number of Americans who see themselves among the “have-nots” of society has doubled over the past two decades, from 17% in 1988 to 34% today. In 1988, far more Americans said that, if they had to choose, they probably were among the “haves” (59%) rather than the “have-nots” (17%). Today this gap is far narrower (45% “haves” vs. 34% “have-nots”). Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.