Shocker: Rich People Aren't Fundamentally More Evil Than the Poor

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Rich people: They're, like, the worst, right?

Being libertarians, you probably know better (some rich people are the worst, just like some poor people are the worst). But stereotypes of the wealthy tend to hinge on hoarding riches, not giving a hoot about the poor, and laughing gleefully—perhaps maniacally, perhaps while waggling their fingers greedily—as economic inequality grows.

A new survey challenges these stereotypes, finding that, actually, the wealthy are every bit as altruistic as lower- and middle-class counterparts. They're also as empathetic and helpful, and more likely to give to charities. 

The data comes from Queendom.com, "a site that creates an interactive venue for self-exploration with a healthy dose of fun" (whatever that means). The survey was about as scientifically rigorous as a Buzzfeed quiz, so one should take these results with the proverbial grain of salt. Still, I thought they might be worth sharing, if only to give folks more fodder the next time someone on Facebook starts spouting "eat the rich" nonsense. According to Queendom.com's survey, here's how likely people in different socio-economic groups are to engage in various altruistic behaviors: 

Regularly do favors for others without being asked:

Low-income: 61 percent
Middle-class: 59 percent
Wealthy: 58 percent

Will only do something nice for others for personal gain:

Low-income : 9 percent
Middle-class: 8 percent
Wealthy: 10 percent

Feel sympathy when they see someone in pain:

Low-income: 81 percent
Middle-class: 80 percent
Wealthy: 78 percent

Genuinely enjoy helping people:

Low-income: 83 percent
Middle-class: 83 percent
Wealthy: 82 percent

Donate to charities on a regular basis:

Low-income: 14 percent
Middle-class: 20 percent
Wealthy: 29 percent

If they found a wallet on the street containing money and credit cards:

Low-income: 6 percent would keep the money and throw the wallet out
Middle-class: 4 percent would keep the money and throw the wallet out
Wealthy: 5 percent would keep the money and throw the wallet out

You can take Queendom's on your  Egoism/Altruism test yourself here

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  • waffles||

    I think this only shows people view themselves as good at about the same levels regardless of their self-reported income.

  • Elizabeth Nolan Brown||

    Yeah, like I said, grain of salt.

  • robc||

    Im not sure one grain is close to enough.

  • Brandon||

    What if it's homeopathic salt?

  • ||

    Artisinal salt

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Yeah, most people think they're much better people than they actually are. This poll just confirms the rich and poor are equally delusional.

  • ||

    People tend to over rate themselves.

    Me? I know I suck.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...you probably know better (some rich people are the worst, just like some poor people are the worst).

    They can't all be the worst. But yet somehow they are.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    nicole has split personalities?

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Bravo on the alt-text!

  • Elizabeth Nolan Brown||

    Thank you, I'm trying.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    That's all I ask!

  • Robert||

    Never mind the alt-text, what species is that cartoon? I'm guessing rat.

  • Dances-with-Trolls||

    perhaps while waggling their fingers greedily polishing their monocles.

    Missed a chance for blatant pandering here, though.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Nonsense, from what I've heard, you can't be rich if you have to do your own polishing.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    How was Fat Cat an "evil capitalist"? He was an organized crime boss, not corrupt business man. If you want a Disney characture of the evil capitalist, you should use Flintheart Glomgold or the Tale Spin version of Sher Kahn.

  • Elizabeth Nolan Brown||

    But I really like Fat Cat.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Scrooge McDuck?

  • Stormy Dragon||

    But Scrooge wasn't generally portrayed as evil.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    I was only 4 when Tale Spin first aired?

    I must have watched a million reruns in my youth.

  • Brandon||

    What the fuck is Flintheart Glomgold? Sher Kahn I know, he was the swoll tiger in the badass suits.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Fintheart Glomgold was the world's second richest duck in Duck Tales.

  • Elizabeth Nolan Brown||

    No one remembers you if you're only the world's second richest duck ....

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Hence the insane jealousy that led him to become one of Scrooge's main recurring antagonists.

  • Robert||

    Is that what the cartoon is of? Aw. Mrs. Scotch had a Fat Cat, who was a little mean. Her Smokey the Cat was the one who wanted to play with everyone.

    Heh...one of my friend's novels (part 1 of the trilogy is going up soon as a free download) has an evil merchant-trader named Kellium Greengold.

  • ||

    Is there a way for Reason to open a new tab when I click on one of their links instead of opening on the same tab? I have to always manually open a tab and copy/paste the article, finally hitting the back button to get back to Reason.

    I'm lazy. There has to be a better way?

  • Stormy Dragon||

    On most browsers, Ctrl+click will open it in a new tab.

  • SugarFree||

    Maybe it doesn't work like that in Canada. Don't they have metric computers or some shit?

  • Night Elf Mohawk||

    Right click, Open Link In New Tab or the like also works.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Maple syrup has gummed up the right click button. Inoperable.

  • ||

    Smart alecs aside, I have a MacBook.

    No right click.

    I hate that.

  • SugarFree||

    Command + Click opens in a new tab. Control + Click opens a menu of options, including Open in New Tb and Open in New Window.

  • Virginian||

    If you have a mouse with a button under the scroll wheel, that works too.

  • Hopfiend||

    you just made my day.

  • Virginian||

    It is deep magic.

  • Michael Ejercito||

    Just check the crime rates of rich versus poor.

    The antics of Bernie Madoff and Lance Armstrong lends credence to the idea that it is more difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven than pass through the eye of a needle. But the crime statistics prove it is more difficult for a poor person to enter the kingdom of Heaven than pass through a twenty-foot concrete wall.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    I'm just trying to lull my victims into a false sense of security.

    Then it's off with the velvet glove, and down with the iron fist!

  • AlmightyJB||

    Excellant. I was going to say, then we need to try harder but I like your comment better.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    I'm lazy. There has to be a better way?

    Welcome aboard, Rufus. If not for people like us, humanity would still be living in holes in the ground and eating worms.

  • ||

    "Ma! Where's my chocolate milk!"

  • Brandon||

    I thought Nicole was the worst? Is she rich or poor?

  • Auric Demonocles||

    She's both.

  • Stoic||

    The percentages for charitable donations seem low to me, but maybe it just depends on what people understood "on a regular basis" to mean. Or maybe I'm just naïve and the vast majority of people really don't donate to charity.

  • GILMORE||

    (shrug)

    (sips cocktail out of orphan's skull, nods to henchmen to continue throwing kittens into the fireplace)

  • prolefeed||

    If they found a wallet on the street containing money and credit cards:

    Low-income: 6 percent would keep the money and throw the wallet out
    Middle-class: 4 percent would keep the money and throw the wallet out
    Wealthy: 5 percent would keep the money and throw the wallet out

    Buried the lede: "Most people are liars."

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