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The American Dream


A new poll from Xavier University’s Center for the Study of the American Dream finds that a solid majority of Americans polled are confident that they will or already have reached the American Dream. Sixty-three percent of respondents said they were extremely or very confident about the prospects of reaching the American Dream and only 36 percent said they were only somewhat or not confident at all. In another question in the poll, 69 percent thought it was harder to reach the Dream today than for their parent’s generation; in another question, 73 percent said it would be harder for their children and grandchildren to achieve it. When asked what defines the American Dream, the top three responses were: a good life for my family, financial security, and freedom. A CBS Sixty Minutes/Vanity Fair poll taken in February said “giving your kids a better life” defined the American Dream today, followed by having a successful career or business.

Source: Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates/ Xavier University’s Center for the Study of the American Dream, March 2011.