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What might account for the spike among Americans who believe that they'll "get ahead" by working hard. Gallup checked it out.
Gallup senior dude Frank Newport notes that the 62% level of belief in economic opportunity is more positive now than a few years ago when this figure dipped to 53%, but still well below the high point of 77% measured in the early 2000s. Newport writes:
The results show that Americans are much less positive about income and wealth distribution than they are about mobility. Twenty-nine percent of Americans are satisfied with the distribution of wealth and income in the country, a level that has edged down very slightly since Gallup first measured it three years ago. While a majority of Americans are still satisfied with the American dream of getting ahead by working hard, a majority are dissatisfied with the way the rewards of that mobility are distributed.