The state of the American Dream

March 23, 2010
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These aren’t chipper times. That’s certainly apparent in John Zogby’s polling on perceptions of the American Dream.

In a poll taken in mid-February, only 57 percent of the people responding said achieving the dream was still possible. The figure was 10 points higher after the 2008 elections that swept Barack Obama into office, and about 20 points higher before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

So, we’re bummed. People with low household incomes, who tend to be most worried about job prospects, lost the most enthusiasm since the elections.

However, Zogby, writing for Forbes.com, said he remains optimistic.

What do you think? Is the American Dream any harder to achieve now? What are your chances in the Indianapolis area? And would Zogby have received a different response had the survey been taken after this week’s passage of health care reform?

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  • American Dream
    If we are talking about the "2 Story House and White Picket (sp?) Fence", I never had that dream. But if we are talking about the American dream being "Able to obtain a solid job, solid income, a place to be proud of live @, and someone (or a family of someones) to share it with, Yes. It is still in arms reach.

    In Fact, I feel that since the economy hit the bottom on March 9th, 2009, each day, I feel more confident in obtaining my American Dream. I don't want to follow someone else's idea of the American dream, but to create my own American Dream and my own way through this crazy mixed up world.

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