View Poll Results: Which social class do you 'fit'?

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  • Upper - Ivy League/Privileged

    5 7.46%
  • Upper-Middle - Specific degree PhD, Masters, etc

    22 32.84%
  • Middle - White collar professionals

    20 29.85%
  • Traditional Middle - working-blue/pink collar 4 yr degree

    14 20.90%
  • Working - HS diploma/Assoc degree

    12 17.91%
  • Poor - no college, HS or GED

    4 5.97%
  • I don't label myself and prefer that nobody knows

    7 10.45%
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Thread: Which class do you identify with?

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    Re: Which class do you identify with?

    I have a masters and work in biochem / micro research, but my salary and region would best be classified as working class.

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    Re: Which class do you identify with?

    Sounds like a lot of folks don't fit into the poll. Neither do I.

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    Re: Which class do you identify with?

    Financially, upper middle....about 75K each retirement for the wife and me....I have GED, 3 years tech schools in the Navy, 108 college credits on GI Bill, the wife has a BS and 2 MS in education and counseling.
    Hard assets, 2 houses combined value of about 500K, another 200K in IRA accounts, about 50K in savings/checking.
    other assets, 7 grandkids...
    socially, who cares?
    For us, it took a long time, and considerable effort, with the only govt help being the GI Bill for my night classes, and more importantly, those tech schools in the Navy..
    For our kids, they went to college on a parentship, for those grandkids, probably the same.
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    Re: Which class do you identify with?

    I can't vote because I break across the lines. I don't have a college degree, but I have a position in IT that requires a 4 year degree. The company I started with was in the process of merging with a larger company. I was grandfathered in during the transition, so the degree portion was ignored.

    In short: I have a working class education and I work a traditional middle class job.
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    Re: Which class do you identify with?

    My choice was Working class.

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    Re: Which class do you identify with?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    This election year, the economic focus seems to be on the "middle class". Strange, because if you really think about it, the middle class is really several "classes" in and of itself. Where do you fall in the U.S. social class rankings and WHICH middle class are all the pundits referring to?

    How do you fit into the income/social class in the United States?







    Upper (old money/privileged upbringing/ivy league school)
    Upper-Middle (Higher degree than a BA/BS)
    Middle (white collar professional degree)
    Traditional Middle (working - blue/pink collar -4 year college degree)
    Working (no college degree)
    Poor (HS, GED)



    I consider myself in the traditional middle class.
    there are some gaps in this

    many of the current very wealthy aren't from old money nor did they go to an elite school

    many middle class people might not have a degree but run small businesses
    so they are working but no college degree. The top management of say the Postal Service and some other GS 14 level positions in Cincinnati don't have degrees. many poor people don't have a HS diploma. in fact that is one of the main determinatives of poverty-dropping out of HS.

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    Re: Which class do you identify with?

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    The primary goal of parenting should be that every generation is an improvement on the last...
    I couldn't agree more. It's shameful how many parents don't abide by this moral rule, and I am often outspoken about my disgust for them. The combination of my mother, who was single, applying this and my passion for academics is how I went from poverty as an infant to upper-middle class by the time I had kids.
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    Re: Which class do you identify with?

    I'm in the financial class where I don't have to work a day in my life, but I don't identify with them. In fact, I hate them, but they're the only ones who don't care about my money, and won't habitually try to use me on account of it.
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    Re: Which class do you identify with?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    This election year, the economic focus seems to be on the "middle class". Strange, because if you really think about it, the middle class is really several "classes" in and of itself. Where do you fall in the U.S. social class rankings and WHICH middle class are all the pundits referring to?

    How do you fit into the income/social class in the United States?

    Upper (old money/privileged upbringing/ivy league school)
    Upper-Middle (Higher degree than a BA/BS)
    Middle (white collar professional degree)
    Traditional Middle (working - blue/pink collar -4 year college degree)
    Working (no college degree)
    Poor (HS, GED)



    I consider myself in the traditional middle class.
    Upper middle class. My parents were solid blue-collar workers, so I didn't have a privileged upbringing. I don't have a college degree nor any part thereof. I'm in the upper 10% of the population of the United States in regards to income. And I know what pieces of silverware to use in what order at a formal dinner. If that isn't upper middle class, I don't know what is.

    I agree with LPast -- education has little to do with it. It's not how much education you have. It's how much you do with your education.
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    Re: Which class do you identify with?

    This poll is skewed because your official education level does not necessarily reflect your earnings.

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