Brookings Now

Brookings Data Now: Majority of Americans Say Government Should Address Rich-Poor Gap

Fred Dews

In this edition of Brookings Data Now: majority of Americans believe government should do something about poverty and income gap; global progress on eradicating extreme poverty; U.S. government owns a lot of real estate; China’s first quarter growth.


Percentage of Americans who said government should do something about gap b/t rich and everyone else

Eighty-two percent of Americans also said government should do something to reduce poverty.

500 million

Number of people lifted out of extreme poverty since 2000

Find out what additional steps are needed to continue this progress.

3.3 billion


Amount of square feet of space owned or leased by the U.S. federal government


This includes 360,000 buildings, six times all the commercial office space in Manhattan. 


China’s first quarter GDP growth

A decline in its trade surplus subtracted 1.4 percentage points from China’s growth.

Mingwei Ma contributed to this post.