Americans report feeling less alienated than they have in the recent past, according to the latest Harris Poll’s Alienation Index–a measure
of responses to five key issue areas. Fewer Americans in 2004 believed….
* “Most people with power try to take advantage of people like you”
(53%, down sharply from 60% in 2003).
* “What you think doesn’t count very much anymore” (51%, down from
* “The people running the country don’t really care what happens to
you” (44%, down from 46%).
* “You’re left out of things going on around you” (34%, down from 40%).
* “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer” (68%, down
insignificantly from 69%).
The total Alienation Index is 50, down four points from 2003 and one of
the lowest levels of alienation since 1973.
The most-alienated segments of the U.S. population are African
Americans (Alienation Index 74), Democrats (67), people with household
incomes of $25,000 or less (63), and Hispanics (62).