Almost two years of Democratic control of the White House and Congress apparently hasn’t made Americans too optimistic about our future. Only 26 percent of likely voters in 10 hotly contested congressional districts believe the American Dream is “still there for everyone,” according to The Hill
. Meanwhile, 41 percent maintain the dream exists “only for some people,” and 9 percent say it no longer exists period.
Other studies also show that the nation’s economic woes have corroded Americans’ usual optimism. “That’s a very clear pattern we see,” says Paul Taylor, executive vice president of the Pew Research Center. We’re still suffering the after-effects of the worst recession in 70 years, unemployment remains above 9 percent, home foreclosures are rampant and the budget deficit and government debt burden are exploding.
Is it any wonder people are pessimistic?
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