Americans view themselves as being in the middle class, 80% say it is harder being in the middle class today than it was just 25 years ago. “The American middle class is not weakened or weakening—it is weak,” said Patrick Inglis, an assistant professor of sociology at Grinnell College. “Even the idea of it is weak. The middle class no longer can rely on the kind of job security that was available to earlier generations. Although over 90% of Americans identify as middle class, their income positions vary widely, from poverty level to wealthy.”

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