Despite how it feels, talking about poverty is getting easier

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll shows promising results for those conversations you might be having about poverty. “Now, nearly half of respondents, 47 percent, attribute poverty to factors other than individual initiative,” says the poll.

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Although opinions still fall along expect political divides we’ve come a long way since 1995.

As Topos put in in a paper I recently read, “The big change between 50 years ago and today is, back then we were looking down at the plight of the poor. Now we’re looking up at the privileges of the wealthy.”

The hope is we can now focus on structural and policy solutions to end poverty instead of getting bogged down in conversations solely focused on individual choice. Our communities, in large part, can be helped along with policies that help everyone participate more fully in the economy.