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Does Government Help the Middle Class?

by Bill Hayes

In Most Americans Say Government Doesn’t Do Enough to Help Middle Class, the Pew Research Center reports that Americans fault both political parties.

At a time when the middle class in the United States is losing ground, most Americans say the federal government provides too little help to this segment of society. And as voters begin casting the first ballots in the 2016 presidential election, neither political party is widely viewed as supportive of the middle class in this country.

A national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Dec. 8–13, 2015, among 1,500 adults, finds that 62% say the federal government does not do enough for middle-class people, compared with just 29% who say it does the right amount and 6% who say it does too much. These views have changed little since 2011. [more]

Pew Mid Class