This “One-Percenter denial” doesn’t just apply to financial measurements. It also applies to psychology and cultural attitudes. More than half of the ultra-affluents believe that the one percent is “out of touch” and “has too much power and influence.” Many of the One Percenters, in other words, identify more with the 99 percent.
Still, their views aren’t all negative. The majority of ultra-affluents also say that the One Percent is “unfairly criticized” and are doing their share in taxes and philanthropy.
It’s unclear what “unfairly criticized” really means, since this group also says the One Percent is out of touch and too powerful. It could mean that other criticisms of the One Percent, about how they made their money, for instance, or their contributions to the economy, are unfair.
Yet this poll is in keeping with previous research that finds than many of the One Percent don’t see themselves as One Percenters – either culturally or financially. The rich will almost always say they’re not rich, either because they are thinking of even richer friends or highly public billionaires, or because they came from middle-class roots and don’t see themselves as blue-bloods.Page 2 of 3 | Prev Page | Next Page