The Importance of Being Rich

A recent post on the Economist’s Graphic Detail blog discusses the importance of wealth to Europeans based on the recently released results of the European Social Survey.  The survey asked respondents in 26 different European countries whether they believed a person who thought “it is important to be rich, have money and expensive things” was “like,” “somewhat/a little like,” or “not like” themselves.  Nations with respondents who least identified with such people included Sweden, which reported the lowest respondents saying such people were “like” them , and France, which had the highest number of those responding such people were “not like” them. Russia had the highest percentage of respondents who said that people who thought it was important to be rich were “like” them, at nearly 40%.

   
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