The American dream, a long-held belief that hard work and determination lead to success and prosperity, is facing a crisis of faith among the American people. According to recent polls, more and more Americans are losing hope in the idea that they can achieve equal measures of success and that their children will have a better future.
In a recent Wall Street Journal poll, only 36 percent of respondents said that they believed the American dream still holds true. This is a significant drop from previous years, where 53 percent and 48 percent of respondents in 2012 and 2016 respectively believed in the American dream. The downward trend is alarming, as it signals a loss of faith in the opportunities that the United States promises to its citizens.
When asked why they believe the American dream is fading, respondents cited a variety of reasons. One major factor is the growing divide between the rich and the poor in the country. The rising cost of living and stagnant wages mean that many hard-working Americans are struggling to make ends meet. They see the deck stacked against them, with the wealthy and well-connected reaping the benefits of the economy while they struggle to get by.
Biden did that!
63% of Voters Don't Believe the American Dream Exists Now
Just 36 percent said it does hold true vs. 18 percent who said it never held true and 45 percent who said it once held true, but not anymore.
— PatrickHenry911 (@PatrickHenry911) November 28, 2023
This sentiment is shared by various demographics, including both Democrats and Republicans, as well as individuals from different racial and economic backgrounds. A closer look at the numbers reveals that this belief is most prevalent among lower-income individuals and those who have not achieved a college education. This indicates that there is a growing sense of hopelessness among those who are already at a disadvantage in the American society.
Moreover, the coronavirus pandemic has further exacerbated these feelings of despair. Millions of Americans lost their jobs, businesses closed, and the economic gaps widened even further. The pandemic also highlighted the systemic inequalities and injustices in the country, making it even more difficult for people to hold on to the belief in the American dream.
To address this crisis of faith in the American dream, it is essential for policymakers and leaders to listen to the concerns of the American people and take action to create a more equitable and inclusive society. This includes policies that promote economic mobility, provide better access to education and healthcare, and tackle systemic inequalities.
It is also necessary for individuals to continue to work hard and advocate for change in their communities and society as a whole. The American dream may be facing challenges, but it is not dead. It is up to everyone to work together to revive it and ensure that future generations have the opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through their hard work and determination.