Is the American Dream still attainable through the virtue of hard work? A new Rasmussen Reports survey found that a majority of Americans believe individuals can become affluent by working hard.
The national study discovered that 52 percent of likely United States voters think hard work is the path to prosperity. Meanwhile, more than one quarter (28 percent) say most people get rich by inheriting money and nine percent count luck as the primary factor to becoming affluent.
It also suggested that 53 percent believe economic growth is more important than economic fairness. However, there is no definition as to what the study authors meant by the term “economic fairness.”
At a time when a significant number of Americans support the redistribution of wealth and wanting the “rich to pay their fair share,” the latest statistics may perhaps show that the American Dream can still be attained through hard work rather than depending on the federal or state governments.
The telephone survey was conducted with 1,000 likely U.S. voters between Jan. 17 and Jan. 18. It contains a margin of error of +/- three percentage points.