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Most Americans Now Think Social Conflict Is Coming. Do You?

Written by Gary North on January 16, 2012

There are move have-nots than haves in every society. In the past, America has not had a lot of conflict between haves and have-nots. But more Americans than ever think this truce will not last much longer. The Pew Research Center reports on this change.

The Occupy Wall Street movement no longer occupies Wall Street, but the issue of class conflict has captured a growing share of the national consciousness. A new Pew Research Center survey of 2,048 adults finds that about two-thirds of the public (66%) believes there are “very strong” or “strong” conflicts between the rich and the poor—an increase of 19 percentage points since 2009.

Not only have perceptions of class conflict grown more prevalent; so, too, has the belief that these disputes are intense. According to the new survey, three-in-ten Americans (30%) say there are “very strong conflicts” between poor people and rich people. That is double the proportion that offered a similar view in July 2009 and the largest share expressing this opinion since the question was first asked in 1987.

As a result, in the public’s evaluations of divisions within American society, conflicts between rich and poor now rank ahead of three other potential sources of group tension—between immigrants and the native born; between blacks and whites; and between young and old. Back in 2009, more survey respondents said there were strong conflicts between immigrants and the native born than said the same about the rich and the poor.

This is a major shift. I do not recall anything like this over the last 45 years. It has happened in the last two years.

While blacks are still more likely than whites see serious class conflicts, the share of whites who hold this view has increased by 22 percentage points, to 65%, since 2009. At the same time, the proportion of blacks (74%) and Hispanics (61%) sharing this judgment has grown by single digits (8 and 6 points, respectively).

This is new for America. The decades of social peace produced a stable country. This is likely to change.

About two-thirds of the public say there are strong conflicts between the rich and the poor, and nearly half of these (30%) say these conflicts are “very strong.” An additional 36% say these differences are “strong,” while 23% view them as “not very strong.” Only 7% say there are no conflicts between rich and poor Americans, while the remainder does not offer an opinion. . . .

That represents a major change from the Pew Research Center survey conducted in 2009. At that time, a larger share of Americans believed that there were more strong conflicts between immigrants and the native born than between rich and poor people (55% vs. 47%). Today, even though perceptions of disagreements between immigrants and the native born have increased by 7 percentage points in the past two years, this social divide now ranks behind rich-poor conflicts in the public’s hierarchy of social flashpoints.

It’s not just the rich who are concerned.

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of all adults with family incomes of less than $20,000 a year report serious conflicts between the rich and poor—a view shared by 67% of those earning $75,000 a year or more.

Moreover, the perceptions of class conflicts have grown in virtual lock step across all income groups since 2009, rising by 17 percentage points among those earning less than $20,000 and by 18 points among those making $75,000 or more.

Younger adults think this. So do Baby Boomers.

Baby Boomers ages 50 to 64—the mothers and fathers of the Occupy generation—are nearly as likely to say there are serious conflicts between the upper and lower classes; fully two-thirds (67%) say this, a 22-point increase in the past two years. Among those ages 35 to 49, more than six-in-ten (64%) see serious class conflicts.

When the economy gets tight, as it will, politics will not be able to heal this nation. There will be a loss of faith in the federal government.

I hope you live in a safe county. If not, maybe it is time to make some changes.

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15 thoughts on “Most Americans Now Think Social Conflict Is Coming. Do You?


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  2. With BHO and his buddies drumming the beat about the evil "rich" having to pair their fair share, no wonder the class divide is increasing with animosity against the rich. Could this be from the Cloward & Piven, or Alinski playbooks, which BHO follows, to intentionally collapse the USA and install Marxism, or a New World Order? I don't know, but it appears SO COINCIDENTAL?

  3. Speaking of the possible Unconstitutionality of the Patriot Act (nice misleading patriotic name, the scumbags use) and NDAA, where's the ACLU?

    As far as the "Sheriffs Rise Up Against the Fed. Gov't?" What do you want them to do, succumb to those rats in DC? The ones who are trying to stop Sheriff Joe from exposing the illegal alien? Or have AZ bow down to the king and not protect itself from illegals crashing their borders, as the Gov't sues them?

  4. There are 535 overpaid, elected pols in Washington that are not protecting our interests or upholing the constitution. We need to descend on them in mass and demand the representation we elected to provide.

  5. after the clash everyone will be a have NOT!!!

  6. victorbarney says:

    This so-called "social conflict" is just another GOVERNMENT-BASED LIE to create the soon-coming POLICE STATE!

  7. I will BET that there is a one to one correlation with being Welfare Leeches, of [ Black, Hispanic And Hispanic/Illegals], and the Hatred of the Rich.—Translate Rich,– as Working Class Caucasians.- King Hussein of Chicago is egging them On ,And Fomenting Revolution—-"[His People" according to His Majesty, B.O. and Eric the RED Holder!]

  8. Myrtlelinder says:

    I think with those few words you nailed it.!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Bill McCroskey says:

    I am so afraid for this country. I could write a thousand words and barely scratch the surface. Obama and others are fanning these flames of class warfare …. I feel like a traitor to call the president of the U.S. a Vladimir Lenin wannabe ….. but he really seems to be taking a page out of the old Bolshevik playbook of the October Revolution.

  10. EHeassler, USN-Ret. says:

    Obama is the "Great Divider" . He and his administration are stoking the fires of economic and racial animosity in his grand plan to destabilize the nation, create civil disobedience and violence, and then declare a national emergency. He will establish price and wage controls, establish unionized labor across the board, sieze privately owned farmland, take total control of the media and internet, jail his critics, suspend elections until "the crisis has passed", and establish his promised civilian security force equal in size and scope to the military. Think brownshirts and concentration camps. Why do you think they are constructing FEMA emergency camps complete with armed security forces and fences? Why is DHS showing up at SSA Offices with machine guns and demanding people's ID's? They are getting us used to being questioned by heavily armed security forces and complying like sheeple.

  11. They want us all to share the misery

  12. CommonSense says:

    EASY TO UNDERSTAND…In years past a "rich" person was defined a millionaire and a "poor" person had income in the poverty range. But now that is not the case. The poor think that anyone who owns their home (which they worked 30 years to acquire) and drive a nice car (which they are still working to pay for) are the RICH! The administration considers a couple earning more than $150,000 between them is "the rich people" according to their taxing scheme. It's all perception, and those controlling the perception are winning!

  13. Thanks to our wonderful president he's worked on dividing America every way he can. He pits one against the other because he wants tension in America, that's why they're always screaming "racist". Its sickening! Too bad he can tout all the great policies his administration has passed, HE IS A ZERO!

  14. EHeassler, USN-Ret. says:

    The ACLU was founded by communists to support communist causes and attack capitalism, the bourgeois, and the USA. Don't expect them to stand up to anything that destabilizes our government, weakens our society, guts our military, or threatens our individual freedoms. They support those activities.

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