86% Believe Individuals Make Their Own Success
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Most Americans do not believe it’s possible for anyone in the United States to work hard and get rich, but they feel overwhelmingly that good decisions and hard work are likely to lead to a middle-class lifestyle.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 88% of American Adults think it’s at least somewhat likely that someone who works hard and makes good decisions will enjoy a middle-class lifestyle, including 38% who say it’s Very Likely. Just 10% believe this is not very or not at all likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Win an IPad:
Take the Rasmussen Challenge!
(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.
This national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on February 23-24, 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.
Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
Limited Time Discount Offer: $12.00/6 months
Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection,
publication and distribution of public opinion information.
We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events
in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence,
we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions,
sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics
provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day.
If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a
daily update newsletter and various media outlets
across the country.
Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll
and commentaries are available for free to the general public.
Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year
that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections,
consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers,
Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs
and a full history of our data.
To learn more about our methodology, click here.