Nation evenly divided on whether we’re living American Dream

Just over half of the people in the country (52%) believe they are living the American Dream today, according to a new survey released Tuesday.

Of the 48 percent who say they are not living the American Dream — more than half (56 percent) don’t think they ever will, according to the survey of 1,008 Americans by the polling firm StrategyOne.

Among middle-class households earning between $40,000 and $50,000, only 41 percent believe they are living the American Dream, according to the survey, which was conducted on October 11 and 12.

For college graduates, 58 percent believe they are living the American Dream.

Despite doubts about achieving the American Dream, three-quarters (74 percent) of those surveyed believe the idea of being able to “make it” in America is “largely true and possible,” the survey found. Twenty-six percent said reaching the American Dream is “largely a myth and not possible.”

What do you say — Is the American Dream alive and well? Not so well?

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Really

October 19th, 2010
8:14 am

There is no such thing as the American Dream!!! I really wish they would retire this term. I am a college grad and its a struggle to keep my head above water. I have a house that has loss so much value, its enough to make a sane person go crazy. Now I understand, when I was living in North Fulton, so many people lived in apartments and drove luxury cars. All this time I thought they were idiots. I always said, ‘if they could afford that Lexus, Benz, etc. why aren’t they in a house’. Well now I know they were the smart ones. So maye they are the ones living the so-called ‘American Dream’

Granolavaleey

October 19th, 2010
8:17 am

I see what your saying here. College graduates won’t have a chance now. When they go to get a loan for that dream house. Its like making bricks without straw. It’s starting to grown on us like a myth. I’m fearin for this younger generation. Communist China went the same way. Those fellars had it all at one time during one of them Xio Zing dynasties. Then the communists came in canceled everyones loan. They all had to make Hasbro toys for 74c a day. America used to be a winner. Then them crazy liberals showed up. Giving everything away. Like Alexander the Great used to say. When you got a ship you got to have someone rowing it.

reek

October 19th, 2010
8:48 am

First, it would be best if everyone could agree on a definition for the American Dream. This will create a common premise for the discussion. “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” is the definition that works for me. Based on my understanding of the definition, I definitely believe the American Dream is alive and well. However, if you make poor decisions, do not value hard work and fail to get a good education, you will probably become most acquainted with the antithesis of the American Dream, which is the American Nightmare. Sadly, I am disappointed at how so many people blame their fortunes and misfortunes in life on who holds a political office. As Americans, we are better than that.

Truth Be Told

October 19th, 2010
9:24 am

“First, it would be best if everyone could agree on a definition for the American Dream. This will create a common premise for the discussion. “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” is the definition that works for me. Based on my understanding of the definition, I definitely believe the American Dream is alive and well. However, if you make poor decisions, do not value hard work and fail to get a good education, you will probably become most acquainted with the antithesis of the American Dream, which is the American Nightmare. Sadly, I am disappointed at how so many people blame their fortunes and misfortunes in life on who holds a political office. As Americans, we are better than that.”

EXCELLENT POST!

Saggy

October 19th, 2010
11:21 am

I had an American Dream last night. I dreamed I was eating a gigantic marshmellow. When I woke up my pillow was gone.

Annie Rhys-Davis

October 19th, 2010
11:25 am

The ‘American Dream’ is not getting there. The American Dream is the OPPORTUNITY to work to get there on a fair playing field. Unchecked by who your Daddy was, which college you attended or whether you live in the 212 area code. And that dream , my friends, is indeed alive and well. My husband and have lived it and my children are living it even in these hard times.. All it takes is hard work, perserverance and a sense of humor–you can go ANYWHERE from a one lane dirt road.

Saggy

October 19th, 2010
11:28 am

Seriously. I could not find it.

soccerbabe

October 19th, 2010
12:21 pm

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soccerbabe

October 19th, 2010
12:29 pm

there is something known as the american dream they just dont know what the american dream is and we may never know because people are to caught up in thier everyday lives. to even realize what they already have and they are willing to lose that because they lust after wanting more and more! no one has the same american dram as everybody else most of us are conformed into what we think the american dream is no one knows what they want until they lost it such as family love anything else that is unreplaceable so yes i firmly believe that there is such thing as the american dream bu t i do not think everybody belives that they dont have a different american dream than everybody else in the world

Saggy

October 19th, 2010
1:12 pm

I hear you soccerbabe. Well, I wished I would have heard you instead of reading what you wrote. That way I could have tuned you out. “Different American dream than everybody else in the world”? Really?

Nonia

October 19th, 2010
2:38 pm

The definition of “American Dream” depends solely on the individual. For some in this country the American Dream is obtaining what they see others have, unfortunate when it comes to materialistic items, ie…….expensive cars, homes, purchasing duplicate items that one already owns, that works just fine. To others, the American Dream is meeting the person that makes the other happy and enriches each other’s life. To some the sense of acccomplishment of obtaining a higher degree of learning.
The definition can’t be contained as “One size fits all Americans” and the definition is ever changing. The majority of Americans over indulged when jobs were plenty,money flowing seemingly never ending, but didnt looked to the future with being better stewarts of their finances, and savings. Failed to ask themselves, questions like “can I afford the car i’m purchasing today, 2 years from now?”.

Dusty Rhodes

October 19th, 2010
2:42 pm

I am the American Dream!

A.S.Mathew

October 19th, 2010
3:15 pm

Both the dreams and nightmares are identical phenomenon, but truly we are in the nightmare
syndrome. Only the drunk will answer “we are in “American dream”. Simply ask the business
people, college graduates, retired people and people from the street, their answer will be
“we are in the American nightmare”.

TnGelding

October 19th, 2010
3:29 pm

If your youth is a nightmare it’s hard to turn it into a dream. You reap what you sow. The possibilities are unlimited, still. Hard work and perseverance required.

A.S.Mathew

October 19th, 2010
4:44 pm

Yes Mr. TnGelding. Even in nightmare, we need to dream about getting out of the nightmare.
But, now the reality is a total nightmare, but with a positive outlook, we must dream for a better
day. Please admit the reality we are faced with today, and dreams are associated with faith
and psychology of life.

Saggy

October 19th, 2010
5:28 pm

The Dogfighter Returns

October 19th, 2010
6:23 pm

“making it” yeah right more like “faking it” until the next great bubble/scam.

Z

October 19th, 2010
6:42 pm

My American Dream at the moment is for Sarah Palin to shut up. She has the most annoying voice I have ever heard…to make it worse, the spouse mocks that voice when she is on, which is…enough to make you want to pull your hair out…Good Grief!

Annie Rhys-Davis

October 20th, 2010
12:02 pm

Gosh, people, stop with the negative—The definition of the American Dream must be generational ! To my generation it means the opportunity to STRIVE for success free of bias. To many of you apparently it means immediate gratification :getting “stuff” with out having to plan and work and wait for it.

Now about Sara Palin’s voice. It IS getting better and that is good because she something to say that if you listen to you would agree with .
In the mean time. It is the journey that is significant. Not the destination.