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The global middle class under the microscope

Pew Global has been quizzing the bourgeoisie and the proletariat of sundry nations as to values, alas not including questions as to dining and decor habits, but it is amusing nonetheless. Folk from these parts were not polled, which is unfortunate.

Freedom of speech emerges as more important to the middles than the workers world-wide, with the solid middle of Chile coming closest to glory in that 80% of them think it very important, compared to 68% of the workers. The figures in Malaysia are a frankly shocking 34/33,

Similarly, freedom of the press matters most to Chileans - 76/68 and the Egyptians - 77/77. Given that the Egyptian press is far from free, that is quite heartening. The Malaysians disrace themselves - 35/31, as do Russians - 46/37. The biggest gap is in Poland - 60/42.

Freedom of religion is key for Egyptians - 92/90. I think I can be excused a hollow laugh at this point. Russians are the least bothered - 50/42.

When offered freedom of speech or 'freedom from poverty', white collars deem the former morte important and blue collars the latter.

Acceptance of homosexuality is more common with middles than workers in most countries, except Argentina - 70/75. The biggest disconnect is in Bulgaria - 50/34.

More later, probably.

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