Economic opportunity outlook among Americans, from Gallup

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.

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