A new report from Pew Research found that the majority of the most financially secure Americans think that "poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return."
The study, released Thursday, also found that more than half of the most financially secure Americans said the "government can't afford to do more for the needy," with only about one-third responding that the poor "have hard lives because government benefits don't go far enough to help them live decently."
The findings have struck a chord on the Web, spawning multiple headlines about the greedy, poor-bashing rich. It is ironic, after all, that in a recovery that's largely benefited the wealthy, the people of privilege say the poor "have it easy."
A closer look at the data, however, shows that the wealthy are not alone in their criticism of government handouts.