A recent USA Today/Pew research poll indicates that people believe the gap between the rich and everyone else is widening in the US.

With salaries staying flat for the past five years, many people are having to find ways of saving by changing their lifestyle. The middle-income sector seems to be under the most pressure.

As President Obama delivers the state of the nation address on Tuesday he will be speaking to a nation that is cautiously optimistic about the economy but not at all convinced that the benefits will reach them.

Is this gloomy outlook the same for you? Is it the same in other western countries?

Do you agree with this assessment? Is your family able to keep up with the cost of living? Have you had to cut back on your lifestyle?

Catharine McKenty


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    Jan Morgan Says:

    It is interesting that many people around the world are finding that the economic gap is widening, but it doesn’t seem to be making much of an impact on their political thinking. The “occupy” people did come out and got quite a lot of support, but there doesn’t seem to have been much political followup.
    It would take government action to change the situation, but governments seem to feel that it is not an important issue.

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    Catharine Says:

    Good to hear from you Jan. You’ve made some interesting points.
    Cheers, Catharine

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