Jan 19, 2004
Fifty-six% of U.S. adults fear they will become poor some day – this was one of the findings in a survey carried out by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
The survey also asked people what annual income they believed necessary for a family of four to meet basic needs, that is, to stay above poverty. Half of those polled said $40,000 or more.
The federal government's definition of poverty is less than $18,400 for a family of four. Whoever dreamed up this figure never tried to feed, clothe, house and school two kids on $18,000 a year.