Nine out of Ten Brazilians believe that they are among the poorest in the country

On a scale from 0 to 100, where the extremes constitute the poorest and the wealthiest in Brazil, where could you put yourself?

Pobreza no Brasil (Poverty in Brazil)

Pobreza no Brasil (Poverty in Brazil)

Nine in each ten Brazilians (88%) consider they are up to point 50; this is, within the half representing low earning.

That is the result of a survey carried out through Datafolha, in partnership with the NGO Oxfam Brazil, which interviewed 2,025 people to measure their belief on inequality in the 10th most unequal country in the world.

According with Rafael Georges, marketing campaign coordinator for Oxfam, the main conclusion of the study is that there may be a reasonable notion of inequality in Brazil, but also that it is underestimated.

“People feel it, but cannot calculate its size,” he said.

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He is relating to two trends found by the survey. On the one hand, there is a certain realization of Brazilian reality: 91% agree that few people earn a lot and a lot of people earn very little.

On the other hand, it’s difficult to understand income distribution in the country.

Even amongst people who make more money – as a minimum R$ 4,700 (US$ 1,450) a month, – 68% assume they’re at the half with the lowest incomes, when, in truth, they are among the wealthiest.

According to Georges, this makes it extra difficult to reduce inequality.

“In order to change, people need to be aware of where they are, otherwise there is this idea that government has to serve them the same way it serves the poorest.”

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