A recent report aired by our broadcast partners noted that millions of Americans don’t know they’re living in poverty… at least what the federal government defines officially as living in poverty.
Recent polling data showed that the public’s definition of poverty is vastly different than that of the federal government.
About 80% of those officially defined as living in poverty don’t really experience anything close to what most of us think of as poverty. The voter definition is closer to what analysts call chronic poverty. About 2-3% of the population lives in chronic poverty and efforts to assist them are greatly hampered by flawed poverty statistics.