Granted, it’s a stretch to dream of becoming rich amid today’s economic travails. But can we at least dream of becoming middle class?
As you can see from the chart, which excerpts a StrategyOne poll, fulfilling even that more modest ambition seems like no sure thing for many Americans.
On the plus side, the “American Dream” is a sufficiently flexible concept that many people can feel they have achieved it, even if this entails a degree of defining down.
At any rate, when asked in the same survey (fielded last month) whether they’re “living the American Dream today,” 52 percent said they are.
Among those who aren’t living it now, 44 percent think they will someday.