A new Gallup poll shows a sharp divide between Democrats and Republicans as to whether the American dream is achievable.
Democrats are less likely than Republicans to describe the American dream as achievable, a pattern also seen when Gallup previously asked this in March 2009, at the start of Barack Obama’s presidency. However, the gap has widened, with nearly four in 10 Democrats now saying the American dream is unattainable for them, up from 29% back then.
A August 2018 survey found for the first time in Gallup’s measurement over the past decade, Democrats have a more positive image of socialism than they do of capitalism.
Attitudes toward socialism among Democrats have not changed materially since 2010, with 57% today having a positive view. The major change among Democrats has been a less upbeat attitude toward capitalism, dropping to 47% positive this year — lower than in any of the three previous measures. Republicans remain much more positive about capitalism than about socialism, with little sustained change in their views of either since 2010.
Per NationalReview, 38 percent of Democrats say they do not believe they will achieve the American dream in their lifetimes, compared to just 11 percent of Republicans, according to a new Gallup poll.
Two-thirds of independents said they see the dream as attainable, compared to 31 percent who said they do not. Overall, about 70 percent of Americans feel that American dream could be grasped, the poll reported, while 29 percent disagree.
The 38 percent of Democrats who said they did not believe they could achieve the American dream represented a sharp increase from a decade ago, when 29 percent of Democrats said the same. President Trump has described the Republican party as “the party of the American Dream,” perhaps contributing to the increasing partisan split on the matter.
“The American dream is back,” the president said after taking office in 2017. “We’re going to create an environment for small business like we haven’t had in many, many decades.”