Comment 50940

By d.knox (registered) | Posted October 30, 2010 at 17:48:05

It's interesting to look at some of the studies done on "the poor" in Ontario. In one report, people defining themselves as poor were mapped on the same income breakdown as Stats Can uses - dividing the population into 20% chunks. There were people from every group, including the top 20%, who identified themselves as poor, though only about 5% of the highest income group considered themselves poor. And consistent with what Meredith points out, only 50% of the lowest 20% considered themselves to be poor. That's one of the difficulties of talking about "helping the poor".

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