According to a new study from HNW Inc, half of the top 1% of earners don’t think they’re in the top 1%. (Note to one-percenters: if your household income is more than $340,000, you’re a one-percenter).
Some of the one percenters even side with the Occupiers when it comes to anger at Wall Street. More than two thirds of the one-percenters believe the wealth gap is a problem, and many of them don’t like Wall Street.
More than half support prosecution of executives responsible for the financial crisis and support more regulation of financial instutions.
Yet the one-percenters don’t fit neatly into the binary “left” or “right” dogmas. Only 37% of them believe the top 1% should be taxed more, and 44% say they already pay too much in taxes. Nearly 90% of them say they have worked hard to get where they are.
And here’s the kicker: 70% of them feel the wealthy are being unjustly demonized.
The survey proves one of the enduring paradoxes of the American rich: They like to think of themselves as middle class, even if their bank accounts say otherwise. “The rich” are always someone else, even to the rich.
Two points: self perception disagree with self reality; there is no one to one correspondence between thoughts and financial positions