The Best Poll Nobody Talked About

We are in the middle of a Presidential campaign so, on the one hand, I can understand ignoring the release of the poll last week from the Census on household income, poverty and health insurance. I mean Trump makes ‘’news’’ every fifteen minutes. Admittedly, health insurance and poverty are hardly click bait worthy topics. But wait, we are in the midst of a Presidential election so shouldn’t there be some mention in the media of where we stand as a country? I suspect we will hear more about these Census poll results in the weeks to come, especially from the Hillary camp. I also suspect Trump and the GOP will continue their counter-intelligence effort against the American people and instead of acknowledging progress, they’ll say Obamacare is a disaster and our income gains should be much greater.

Here’s a link to the press release from the Census with a good synopsis of the top line numbers.

Justin Wolfers, an economist at the University of Michigan, Brookings and the labor-friendly Peterson Institute, tweeted out that the ‘’income gains last year were the largest ever on recorded for the 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th and 80th percentiles.’’

Jason Furman, the head of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors tweeted ‘’I usually try to be retrained, but this is unambiguously the best income, Poverty & Health Insurance report ever.’’

I am sure the PBS Newshour spent some real time on this news at least one night last week but I can’t confirm it as of this writing. If you’re looking for a good discussion of the numbers and how the Census came up with their numbers, Vox’s ‘’The Weeds’’ podcast (with Ezra Klein and Matt Iglesias) spent most of their show last week on the subject. Give it a listen here.