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Published on Aug 22, 2012
Since 2000, the middle class has shrunk in size, fallen backward in income and wealth and shed some -- but by no means all -- of its characteristic faith in the future. Our new report, released Aug. 22, 2012, explores how middle-class Americans view themselves, as well as their outlook on the future and on the presidential candidates who are courting their votes.
Source Notes: • Middle-income tier data about median annual household income comes from Pew Research Center tabulations of U.S. Census Bureau data. • Median net worth data is from Pew Research Center analysis of the Survey of Consumer Finances. • The 'lost decade' chart showing average annual change in mean family income from 1950-2010 is from Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. • Survey findings are based on a nationally representative Pew Research Center survey, conducted July 16-26, 2012.