Bloomberg by the Numbers: 71

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That’s the percentage of Americans with at least a college degree who identify themselves as “upper-middle class” or “middle class,” according to a USA Today/Gallup poll.

The 71 percent figure is the smallest that Gallup has measured for that subset of Americans, the polling organization says.

In a June 2008 survey, 83 percent of respondents with at least a college degree described their social class as upper-middle class or middle class, Gallup data show.

In the newer survey, 23 percent of those with a college degree said they were “working class” or “lower class,” while just 4 percent described themselves as “upper class.”



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