"Working Class" or "Middle Class?"
A Gallup Poll looked at what Americans mean when they say "middle class." The poll asked people to place themselves in one of these class groups: upper, upper middle, middle class, working class, lower class.
Most (40%) said "middle." Thirty-one percent said "working." The pollsters found that "even at the lowest levels of income and education, many Americans eschewed the label "working class." As we concluded: "Americans' resonance with the label 'working class' is not as substantial as might have been expected, even for those without college degrees."
The researchers came up with a few reasons for this. You can read their explanation here, but what do you think?