Social class structure: Income distribution of rich vs. poor
September 19, 2012
Hey, we have a pop quiz for you.
Look at the picture below, and choose which one among the five types you believe best describes the income structure in the Philippines and which one should be the ideal class distribution in the country.
Simply stated, choose which one among the five choices (Type 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5) exemplify the current number in Philippine society and also your ideal scenario of rich and poor people.
Income Inequality and Inequity in the Philippines
Here are explanations of the five choices.
Type 1: “A small number of elite or rich people at the top, very few in the middle, and the great mass of people at the bottom.”
Type 2: “A society like a pyramid, with a small elite at the top, more people in the middle, and most at the bottom.”
Type 3: “A pyramid except that just a few people are at the bottom.”
Type 4: “A society with most people in the middle.”
Type 5: “Many people near the top, and only a few near the bottom.”
Answer below our two survey questions based on the diagram above.
SURVEY QUESTION #1:
Which one among the five types above best describes the CURRENT class structure in Philippine society?
- Type 2 (45%, 105 Votes)
- Type 1 (33%, 77 Votes)
- Type 3 (11%, 26 Votes)
- Type 4 (7%, 17 Votes)
- Type 5 (4%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 231
SURVEY QUESTION #2:
Which one among the five types above SHOULD BE the ideal rich-poor class structure in the Philippines?
- Type 4 (50%, 114 Votes)
- Type 5 (32%, 72 Votes)
- Type 2 (8%, 19 Votes)
- Type 3 (7%, 16 Votes)
- Type 1 (3%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 228
We posted this questionnaire after we saw an interesting research released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), a survey polling firm, regarding the Filipinos’ perception of income distribution in the country.
The survey asked Filipinos what they think the current rich-poor structure is in Philippine society and what the ideal socioeconomic class (SEC) structure should be.
Before explaining the results of the actual survey, we want to validate the same results among PinoyMoneyTalk.com readers. Do you think rich people outnumber poor people in the country? Or do you believe the poor people are a lot while the rich are very, very few? Or do you think our society has extreme ends, with the middle class bulging in number?
Let us know your thoughts by voting in our poll. Once we have enough responses, we’ll validate those with the results of the actual SWS survey.
(Update October 2012): After getting more than 200+ responses from PMT readers, we now release the actual findings of the SWS survey. What we saw is that the PMT survey respondents generally agree with the SWS results.
PMT readers share the same opinion as the Filipinos surveyed by the SWS in that they both believe Type 2, or “a society like a pyramid, with a small elite at the top, more people in the middle, and most at the bottom” best describes the current income pyramid in the Philippines.
As regards the ideal income structure, PMT readers also share the opinion of SWS respondents that Type 4, or “a society with most people in the middle” is the ideal rich-poor class structure in the country.
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