Actual vs. Estimated U.S. Wealth Distribution: an interesting graph that compares the actual distribution of wealth in the U.S. compared to what different groups estimate the distribution to be (via Sociological Images):
It’s striking that everyone underestimates the percentage of wealth controlled by the top, and overestimates everyone else’s. And, as Sociological Images points out, particularly the amount of wealth, the financial resources, of the poor – which doesn’t even register visible on the “actual” graph line.