How do people think and talk about opportunity and inequality in the United States? We hear about these themes frequently these days, from economists, from the philanthropic community, from political pundits and among the slogans and sound bites of recent political campaigns. But what do “regular” Americans think, and what helps people engage these themes and the challenges they represent in productive ways?
In a series of focus groups, we spent the past year talking with folks from small and large cities, including San Diego, Cincinnati, the greater metro area of New York and numerous points in between. The findings are summarized, together with quotes from focus group participants, in our report, “The Fix We’re In: What Americans Have to Say About Opportunity, Inequality and the System They Feel Is Failing Them.” CONT.