Talking About Poverty

September 17, 2014 - 11:52 am
by Elizabeth Arledge

The report "A Window of Opportunity: Media and Public Opinion on Poverty in America" finds that Americans are ready to hear, and act on, a new, more accurate story about poverty.

Next Tuesday, September 23, 2014 the Opportunity Agenda will present an interactive webinar about its exciting new report, A Window of Opportunity: Media and Public Opinion on Poverty in America, and you are invited. We highly recommend you check out the report—which has implications for our work as civil legal aid practitioners—and join the webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

The extensive report examines years of opinion research, mainstream media coverage, and social media content about America’s public discourse on poverty. It finds that now, more than at any other time in the past 50 years, Americans are ready to hear a new, more accurate story about poverty, and to take action to address it.

In the webinar, Opportunity Agenda Executive Director Alan Jenkins and Senior Opinion and Media Research Coordinator Eleni Delimpaltadaki Janis will discuss highlights from the report’s findings and its actionable recommendations. They will address questions such as:

  • How do we navigate the complex and contentious attitudes toward poor people and poverty?
  • How have public attitudes and media coverage shifted following the Great Recession?
  • What audiences are most receptive to supporting anti-poverty work?

Register for the webinar here. You will receive a confirmation email that includes a link for the required RSVP for the GoToWebinar.

We also recommend you take a look at the Center for Community Change’s interesting new opinion research, using an innovative methodology, to inform messaging about economic inequality.

And, we are happy to share this link to the latest Voices piece, Tenants Facing Eviction in Era of Skyrocketing Rents Need Legal Assistance, on The American Prospect’s website (

Organizations mentioned/involved: Opportunity Agenda, American Prospect, The, Center for Community Change
Geographic coverage: NATIONAL
Tags: Poverty