Mini Poll Results

Is There Still an American Dream?

Do you think you are generally better off financially or worse off financially than your parents were when they were your age?
  • 64%
    Better off
  • 23%
    Worse off
  • 13%
    Exactly the same
Looking to the future, do you think most children will grow up to be better or worse off than their parents?
  • 32%
    Better off
  • 44%
    Worse off
  • 24%
    Exactly the same
What is your sense about the gap between the rich and the middle class as compared to 10 years ago?
  • 86%
    Getting bigger
  • 10%
    Staying the same
  • 5%
    Getting smaller
Do you agree or disagree that the American Dream has become impossible for most people to achieve?
  • 39%
    Agree
  • 37%
    Disagree
  • 24%
    Ambivalent
Do you feel that the distribution of money and wealth in this country is fair?
  • 28%
    Fairly distributed
  • 72%
    Should be more evenly distributed
Which of the following is your greatest financial fear?
  • 13%
    Losing my job and not being able to find a comparable one
  • 3%
    Paying for my kids’ education
  • 21%
    The cost of catastrophic illness
  • 1%
    Being unable to sell my home
  • 4%
    Repaying my student loans
  • 4%
    Identity theft
  • 5%
    Providing for my family
  • 28%
    Outliving my retirement savings
  • 2%
    Death of my household’s biggest earner
  • 9%
    An extended recession
  • 3%
    Something else
  • 8%
    I have no financial fears
Do you have children?
  • 13%
    Yes--young/school-aged
  • 52%
    Yes--adult children
  • 29%
    No
  • 6%
    Not yet
Which of the following best describes your time of life?
  • 1%
    Youth
  • 4%
    Young adult
  • 5%
    Trying to adult
  • 44%
    Adult
  • 46%
    Senior