The lead story at the Financial Times is based on a study by the Pew Research Center, on the dramatic decline of the US middle class. This is particularly noteworthy because while Pew plays straight up the center in its research on reporting, it is known among pollsters for skewing its questionnaires on economic issues to support conservative viewpoints (mind you, it’s subtle; Pew is no Rasmussen).
The underlying data is so bad as to be beyond remedy by porcine maquillage. (?)
Source: Demise of the US Middle Class Now Official | naked capitalism