Do the rich deserve to be rich? According to a poll, the answer depends on where you live.
A survey by Globescan finds that attitudes about wealth vary greatly around the world, with Americans being among the most benevolent toward the rich.
Of course, it's not simply location that shapes how we feel about wealth. Economics, culture and politics all play a part, with the worst attitudes toward the rich coming from residents of countries where prospects for the economy are dim and government corruption is high. In Greece, for example, only 9 percent of respondents believe the rich deserve their wealth, compared with 58 percent who believe it in the U.S.
The U.S. has always been viewed as a land of economic opportunity. Australia ranks a bit higher and tops the list with 61 percent of its citizens believing the rich deserve to be rich. Canada ties with the U.S. for second place, and Indonesia comes in third at 54 percent. Greece ranks worst, perhaps not surprising given its economic woes. Just above it is Russia with 16 percent of its residents saying the rich deserve their money. Spain and Turkey, both at 20 percent, rank close to the bottom.
Somewhat surprising is China, where 52 percent of residents have a favorable attitude toward financial gain. But, as The Economist notes, economic growth has pulled many out of poverty, perhaps explaining the positive attitude.
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