Economic Mobility and the American Dream

May 19, 2011

A national poll released by Pew’s Economic Mobility Project finds that 83 percent of Americans support a government role in promoting upward economic mobility, a sentiment that cuts across party lines. In fact, 58 percent think it could do even more.

Moreover, 80 percent believe the government does an ineffective job helping poor and middle-class Americans, but there is disagreement over whether government is pursuing the "wrong" policies (37 percent) or is pursuing the "right" ones ineffectively (43 percent). According to the Project’s poll, which was conducted by The Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies as an update of a 2009 national survey, 54 percent of respondents said that when the government does intervene, it assists the "wrong people."

To learn more, download the factsheet (PDF) or read the report, Economic Mobility and the American Dream — Where Do We Stand in the Wake of the Great Recession?, at the Economic Mobility Project's web site.

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