Talk Back: What Does a Middle Class Income Look Like?

Presidential candidate Romney's definition of "middle class" sparked debate last week.

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney started a media controversy last Friday morning during an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America."

ABC's George Stephanopoulos was discussing the middle class, which has been a central part to President Barack Obama's campaign message, with Romney during an interview, according to The Huffington Post.

"No one can say my plan is going to raise taxes on middle-income people, because principle number one is (to) keep the burden down on middle-income taxpayers," Romney said to Stephanopoulos.

Stephanopoulos followed up by asking "Is $100,000 middle income?"

"No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less," Romney said. His campaign later clarified through the news media that Romney was referencing a total household income, not a single person's individual income.

Many complained that Romney's quote was simply taken out of context while others said it was evidence of the candidate being out of touch with the current state of American households and what the middle class truly is.

For reference, the U.S. Census Bureau states the median, or most common, household income in the United States was $51,914 between 2006 and 2010 and that almost 14 percent of Americans live under the poverty line.

We want to know your thoughts, Sachem!

What income range defines the "middle class" of the United States? What did you think of Romney's comments on television?

Let us know in the comments!

Pazi Steklo September 18, 2012 at 02:02 PM
What Does a Middle Class Income Look Like? It looks like crap.
Edward ML Peters September 21, 2012 at 02:39 AM
We must be careful in our use of statistics. The most common value is not the median. The median is the number that is the center point as on a roadway. The most common value is the modal value. If $51k is the median it is not what you are representing.
Willaim September 22, 2012 at 06:05 PM
The 200-250K is the high end of the middle class... not the middle range of the middle class income... wake up. Stop drinking leftist koolaid and read, read, read and find out info yourself. Most of the media lies all day long especially when they repeat out of context quotes of someone on the right.


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