Can 13% be part of elite 1%?

Our scientifically-conducted national telephone survey results are reported below. This box contains a ballot for our companion online poll, which provides unscientific results.

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Can 13% be part of elite 1%?

When we asked Americans if they were part of the nation’s top one-percent of money-makers, 13% said yes.

The question was prompted by the Occupy Wall Street movement in which the protesters claim to represent the 99% of Americans who earn less than the top one-percent of money earners.

In our national scientific poll, here was our question: “The Occupy Wall Street protesters say they represent the 99% of Americans who earn less than the top one-percent of money-makers in America.  Do you consider yourself part of the 99% or part of the one-percent?”

Overall, 68% said they were part of the 99%, 13% said they were part of the 1% of top money-makers, and 19% expressed no opinion on the question.

Among Democrats, 78% declared themselves part of the 99%, 8% said they were part of the 1%, and 14% expressed no opinion.

Republicans: 60% said they were part of the 99%, 16% part of the 1%, and 24% expressed no view.

Independents: 65% said they were part of the 99%, 15% said they were part of the 1%, and 19% expressed no opinion.

What would explain why 13% of Americans believe they’re part of the elite one-percent of top money-makers?  Perhaps some people don’t want to be associated with the Occupy Wall Street protesters.  Or perhaps some people don’t know what it takes to be part of the one-percent – $344,000 in earnings annually.  And/or the poll results could be off a bit (with a margin of error of ±3%).

The telephone survey of 1,066 registered voters nationwide was conducted October 30, 2011.  Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.

What do you think?  Vote in our online companion poll and comment below.

The online companion poll in which you can vote provides unscientific results, meaning it’s a tally of participating Poll Position users, not a nationally representative sampling.

Poll Position is committed to transparency and upholding the highest professional standards in its polling, explaining why we provide you with the crosstabs of our scientific polls. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation. Here is the crosstabs for this poll: Poll Position crosstabs – 99 or 1.

You can learn more about our polling methodology here.

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