03/01/2013 02:18 pm ET Updated Mar 02, 2013

Rich Americans Are Nearly Twice As Likely To Vote As The Poor [CHART]

Ever wonder why the government seems fine with cutting unemployment benefits and welfare programs?

Part of the answer may be that the rich vote more than the poor. Seventy-eight percent of Americans making over $150,000 per year voted in the 2008 election, while less than half of those making under $30,000 per year voted.

Check out this chart from the left-leaning think tank Demos:

voter turnout income

You can read Demos' full report on the rich's influence on politics here.