WASHINGTON, D.C. — While most Americans, 70%, continue to view the American dream as personally achievable, 29% tell Gallup that even by working hard and playing by the rules, the American dream is unattainable for them. The latter figure represents a slight increase from 25% in 2009, when Gallup last asked Americans this question.
However, this nationwide outlook masks important disparities in the perceptions of various groups across the country. Women aged 18 to 49, for example, are significantly more likely than older women — and men in all age groups — to say that even by working hard and playing by the rules, the American dream is unattainable for them in their lifetime.
And why wouldn’t certain groups of Americans have a negative view when they have spent years hearing about a rigged system, greedy corporations, the war on women, fair share, your entitled, you deserve, it’s your right and it’s not your fault?
That’s not the message generations of Americans grew up hearing.
Could it be that some people forgot about the sacrifice, risk-taking, and hard work part of the equation?
The American Dream is the belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version of success in a society where upward mobility is possible for everyone. The American Dream is achieved through sacrifice, risk-taking, and hard work, rather than by chance. https://www.investopedia.com/terms/a/american-dream.asp