Globalist Quiz: Poverty in America versus the rest of the world

An Iraqi boy searches for plastic bottles in a garbage dump on the outskirts of Baghdad's impoverished district of Sadr City, January 30, 2013. Around a quarter of Iraq's population are estimated by the country's Planning Ministry to live in poverty.

According to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau in November, nearly 50 million Americans live in poverty. But what does living in poverty in the United States look like compared to the rest of the world? That's the subject of today's quiz with quizmaster Stephan Richter, editor-in-chief of

Stephan asks: Looking at the fifteen percent of Americans living beneath the poverty line from global perspective, those Americans are still better off than what percentage of the world population?

A.) 22 percent of the world population
B.) 50 percent of the world population
C.) Two-thirds of the world population
D.) 80 percent of the world population

Put your knowledge to the test (and hear how Mark did) by clicking the audio link above.

About the author

Stephan Richter is the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Globalist, a daily online magazine on the global economy, politics and culture.


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