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44% Say It’s Possible For Anyone to Work Their Way Out of Poverty

Friday, May 03, 2013

Fewer Americans now think it’s possible for anyone to work their way out of poverty in the United States, but they’re more optimistic about the possibility of finding a job than they have been all year.  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 44% of American Adults now think it is possible for anyone to work their way out of poverty, down five points from early April and the lowest finding since June 2011. Thirty-six percent (36%) do not think it’s possible, and one-in-five (20%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults nationwide was conducted on April 28-29, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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