One in four Americans considers themselves poor, with people under age 30 and those living in the North Central U.S. feeling the most downcast. Those opinions were gleaned from an online poll of 1,000 Americans conducted in February by online lender CashNetUSA.com and TNS.
According to the first-ever survey, 69% do not believe they are poor, with 6% undecided or unwilling to admit it.
Broken down by age group, 32% of those under age 30 say they are poor versus 14% of those between the ages of 50 and 59.
Regionally, 32% of people residing in the North Central part of the country classify themselves as poor, followed by the South (25%), West (23%) and the Northeast (20%).
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In a video discussing the survey’s findings, Keith Weinberger, director of marketing at Chicago-based CashNetUSA.com, said it indicates that Americans “are having significant difficulty in this economy.”