Being In the Middle Class Means Worrying About Falling Behind

Americans still believe they can reach for the stars, but they are increasingly fearful they are standing on a trapdoor as they try.

That’s the deeply ambivalent message from the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll exploring the public’s perception of what it means to be middle class in America today. Fully 56 percent of those surveyed said they believe they will eventually climb to a higher rung on the economic ladder than they occupy now. But even more said they worry about falling into a lower economic class sometime in the next few years. [cont.]

Ron Brownstein, National Journal