Survey Finds Rising Class Tension

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05:  Thousands of Wall Street protesters are joined by union members during an afternoon protest on October 5, 2011 in New York City. Hundreds of activists affiliated with the 'Occupy Wall Street' demonstrations have been living in a park in the Financial District near Wall Street. The activists have been gradually converging on the financial district over the past two weeks to rally against the influence of corporate money in politics among a host of other issues. Over 700 people were arrested last weekend on the Brooklyn Bridge after temporarily blocking traffic.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Spencer Platt

    A victory for Occupy Wall Street? A Pew survey finds that the conflict between rich and poor is seen as the greatest source of tension in American society. According to the survey, two-thirds of Americans now believe there are “strong conflicts” between rich and poor in the United States, the largest share since 1992 and a whopping 50 percent increase from the 2009 survey. In 2009, immigration was seen as the greatest source of tension. A finding that might have bearing on the 2012 election: Awareness of class conflict surged 23 percent among independent voters. Awareness of class conflict also increased dramatically among white upper-middle income earners. While blacks are still more likely to see serious class conflict than whites, the percentage of whites who do rose 22 percent.

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