“American Dream” FAR From Reality According To Polls

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(VitalNews.org) – Many have come to America for what they call the “American Dream”, and it’s the ideal that this country was built on. However, a recent poll was done that showed the differences between the belief in the American Dream now, and how people felt about it 14 years ago; the results are astonishing.

The “American Dream” is defined as “if you work hard you’ll get ahead.” A poll was recently taken to show the percentage of people who believed that this was still true.

Today, 27% of people say that the American Dream is still possible whereas in 2010 it was 50% of people. On the other hand, 18% of people said that the “American Dream” didn’t hold true while 52% said that the promise used to be true, but it no longer is, which means that 69% of people today believe it no longer holds true.

These statistics do vary based on age as well as ethnicity. With this said, the statistics showed that African Americans have an overall pessimistic approach and view of the “American Dream” and the poll statistics showed this. It was said that 32% of African Americans voted that the American Dream has never been true.

There also was variability based on income as well as a difference in the results based on ethnicity and age. For those who had less than $50,000 per year, 18% said that they felt the American Dream still holds true. Of those with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000, 27% of them said the American Dream still is true, while 33% of people who make above $100,000 said that it was still true.

The statistics vary based on multiple other factors, including people’s economic attitudes, partisan differences, people’s overall financial capabilities, and overall living quality. The demographic and background resulted in a lot of variability, but in the end, it seems Americans have a more pessimistic view of the “American Dream” than 14 years ago.

This poll was done online via a probability-based Ipsos Knowledge Panel from January 4 through January 8, 2024.

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