July 14th, 2009

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circular reasoning

Stuck in the middle with you.

Interesting piece here on people's views on poverty.

The most interesting thing being what people's views tell you about the way they view the world.

The majority of them, in this case, believing that they are in the middle - that they are 'normal'.

Which rings true with my experience talking about this with people - where nearly everyone from my just-about-employed-in-a-crap-job ex-student friends to my earning-in-the-top-5%-in-the-finance-sector friends believes that they are within the middle of the block - they aren't _that_ rich or _that_ poor, just a little bit out from the average.

I mean, I'm on 50% more than the UK median income (which is £450 a week), and _I_ feel normal.

The other interesting bit is that people feel that those above them must have earned it, while those beneath them are just lazy.  Which also rings true - after all, if _I_ can get this far, then anyone who put in a bit of effort could do it?  The answer, obviously, being no, but that doesn't match with human intuition.

Which means that if you want to get people motivated to help the poor then you need to make it very clear where people actually fall on the spectrum of income.

Which reminds me - anyone got a graph showing how much (working age) people in the UK earn?  Or some figures I could turn into a graph?
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Poll!

My ideal holiday

would include the bliss of getting away from the internet.
29(55.8%)
would include getting to relax and do the writing/reading on the internet I never seem to get the time for normally.
23(44.2%)

I would blog my honeymoon

Yes
19(38.8%)
No
30(61.2%)

I feel like

a normal person in a world of crazy people
20(43.5%)
a crazy person in a world of normal people
26(56.5%)
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Show me the money!

Note - the figures in question 3 are _gross_ income, before tax.
Also - if you earn more than £49k then tick the £49k box.

When it comes to money I think of myself as

not coping
8(8.1%)
just about coping
26(26.3%)
doing ok
29(29.3%)
doing well
29(29.3%)
doing very well
7(7.1%)

When compared to the people I spend most of my time with I am

doing worse financially
31(31.3%)
doing about the same financially
35(35.4%)
doing better financially
33(33.3%)

My income is equal to or less than (£weekly/£yearly/$yearly)

£261.80, £13,613.60, $21,917.90
18(19.4%)
£312.60, £16,255.20, $26,170.87
6(6.5%)
£338.40, £17,596.80, $28,330.85
5(5.4%)
£363.30, £18,891.60, $30,415.48
8(8.6%)
£416.40, £21,652.80, $34,861.01
4(4.3%)
£546.20, £28,402.40, $45,727.86
7(7.5%)
£627.60, £32,635.20, $52,542.67
4(4.3%)
£676.10, £35,157.20, $56,603.09
9(9.7%)
£736.10, £38,277.20, $61,626.29
10(10.8%)
£946.80, £49,233.60, $79,266.10
12(12.9%)
I don't really have an income in that sense.
10(10.8%)


Those figures are the income percentiles for the fully employed UK workers, which you can get from here. If you're in the second group (£312 a week) then at least 10% of the population earn less than you, if you're in the third group then at least 20% of the population earns less than you. If you're in the first group then your life sucks.
Thanks to
red_phil for the link.