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More Than Ever Are Optimistic About Economic Opportunity in America

With the Dow closing at new highs this week and unemployment down, Americans are more confident than they have been in years that it’s possible for just about anyone to find a job - and even get rich - in America.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 63% of American Adults think it’s possible for anyone who really wants to work to find a job in this country. That’s up from the previous high of 61% in October 2014 and is the highest level of optimism in more than eight years of surveying. Prior to this survey, this number generally remained in the mid-40s to mid-50s. Just 26% disagree and say it’s not possible for anyone who wants to work to find a job, a new low. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 30-31, 2017 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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