Among White Americans, Limits to Empathy for Poverty-Related Issues Run Along Class Lines

A survey released today by PRRI finds that white Americans’ support for policies to address poverty is limited in different ways by education level—by perceived social distance to racial minorities among non-college-educated whites and by lower commitments to equal opportunity among college-educated whites.

The survey was conducted by PRRI, a nonpartisan research organization, among 3,455 adults—including an oversample of residents in the Southeast and Southwest—between April 11-May 12, 2017. The survey also finds broad support for a range of policies to assist disadvantaged families and children, but skepticism particularly about the federal government’s competency to implement policies well. CONT.