Poll: More than 80 Percent Feel American Dream Is Achievable


More than 80 percent of people think the American dream is achievable, according to a poll from the Pew Research Center released October 31.

The poll, which Pew conducted in August, found that 36 percent of the Americans surveyed felt that they had achieved the American dream while 46 percent felt that although they have not yet achieved the American dream, they are making progress toward it.

While the majority of the poll’s respondents agreed that the American dream is achievable, they had differing views on how the American dream should be defined.

Forty percent of respondents felt that attaining wealth is not essential to achieving the American dream, while 49 percent said that wealth is an important part of it. The remaining 11 percent said that becoming wealthy is “essential” to achieving the American dream.

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