I just saw a very interesting article about the real and perceived wealth distribution in the US. The core information consists of this this graph:
Note how the poorest 40% of the American population own so little that they aren’t even visible, but most people believe they own almost 10% of the nation’s wealth.
It’s also interesting that everybody – even rich people and Republicans – believe wealth ought to be spread out much more.
I’d love to see an equivalent graph for the UK and other European countries.