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CBS News Poll. July 29-Aug. 4, 2014. N=1,344 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Compared to your parents' generation, do you think in general your opportunities to succeed in life are better than theirs, worse than theirs, or about the same as theirs?"

 
    Better Worse About
the same
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

42 32 24 1  
             

"Do you think the future of the next generation of your family will be better, worse, or about the same as your life today?"

 
    Better Worse About
the same
Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

7/29 - 8/4/14

23 50 23 4  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). July 30-Aug. 3, 2014. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide.

             

"Do you feel confident or not confident that life for our children's generation will be better than it has been for us?"

 
    Confident Not
confident
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/30 - 8/3/14

21 76 3    
 

5/16-20/12

30 63 7    
 

8/26-/30/10

27 66 7    
 

12/11-14/09

27 66 7    
 

6/12-15/09

31 57 12    
 

9/19-22/08 RV

35 56 10    
 

12/14-17/07

30 64 6    
 

1/07

33 60 7    
 

7/06

27 65 8    
 

12/01

49 42 9    
 

9/93

25 68 7    
 

12/92

41 52 7    

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. June 6-9, 2014. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Do you have a sense that the gap between the rich and everyone else is getting bigger, staying about the same, or getting smaller compared to 10 years ago?"

 
    Getting
bigger
Staying
the same
Getting
smaller
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/6-9/14

67 20 9 4  

 

CNN/ORC Poll. May 29-June 1, 2014. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think you are better off financially or worse off financially than your parents were when they were your age?"

 
    Better off Worse off Same (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

54 41 4 1  
             

"Looking to the future, do you think most children in this country will grow up to be better off or worse off than their parents?"

 
    Better off Worse off Same (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

34 63 2 1  
             

"Do you agree or disagree? The American dream has become impossible for most people to achieve."

 
    Agree Disagree Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

59 40 1    
 

10/13-15/06

54 45 2    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). April 23-27, 2014. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide.

             

"Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Because of the widening gap between the incomes of the wealthy and everyone else, America is no longer a country where everyone, regardless of their background, has an opportunity to get ahead and move up to a better standard of living."

 
    Agree Disagree Mixed (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/23-27/14

54 43 2 1  

 

CBS News Poll. Jan. 17-21, 2014. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you feel that the distribution of money and wealth in this country is fair, or do you feel that the money and wealth in this country should be more evenly distributed among more people?"

 
    Fair Should be
more even
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/17-21/14

31 62 8    
 

7/11-16/12

32 60 8    

 

Marist College Marist Poll. Dec. 3-5, 2013. N=1,173 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"This year, are you very likely, somewhat likely, or not likely at all to make a New Year's resolution?"

 
    %        
 

Very/Somewhat likely

44        
 

Not likely at all 

56        
             
 

If very/somewhat likely to make a resolution (N=507, margin of error 4.4):
"What is it that you will resolve to do or not to do in the new year?"
Open-ended

 
    %        
 

Spend less money/
Save more

12        
 

Be a better person 

12        
 

Exercise more

12        
 

Lose weight 

11        
 

Improve health

8        
 

Eat healthier 

8        
 

Stop smoking

8        
 

Go back to school 

6        
 

Get better job

5        
 

Other 

18        

 

Washington Post/Miller Center Poll. Sept. 6-12, 2013. N=1,509 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Would you say you feel more financially secure, less secure, or about as secure as you felt a few years ago?"

 
    More
secure
Less
secure
About as
secure
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/6-12/13

23 48 29 1  
             

"Compared to your parents when they were the age you are now, do you think your own standard of living now is better, about the same, or worse than theirs was?"

 
    Better About
the same
Worse Not
applicable
(vol.)
 
    % % % %  
 

9/6-12/13

54 27 18 1  
             

"When your children are the age you are now, do you think their standard of living will be better, about the same, or worse than yours is now?"

 
    Better About
the same
Worse Not
applicable
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/6-12/13

39 24 28 6 3

 

Gallup Poll. June 20-24, 2013. N=2,048 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Overall, do you think the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be pleased or disappointed by the way the United States has turned out?"

 
    Pleased Disappointed Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/20-24/13

27 71 3    
 

6/27-29/03

50 48 2    
 

6/28 - 7/1/01

54 42 4    
 

6/25-27/99

44 55 1    

 

Public Religion Research Institute/Religion News Service. June 5-9, 2013. N= 1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Now as I read a few statements please tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with each one. The first statement is [see below]?"

 
    Completely
agree
Mostly
agree
Mostly
disagree
Completely
disagree
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 
 

"God has granted America a special role in human history"

 

6/5-9/13

33 31 12 17 6
             
 

"America has always been a force for good in the world"

 

6/5-9/13

31 48 12 6 3
             
 

"If more countries adopted American values and way of life, the world would be much better off"

 

6/5-9/13

22 41 21 10 5
 

"How proud are you to be an American: extremely proud, very proud, moderately proud, only a little proud, or not at all proud?"

 
    Extremely Very Moderately Only
a little
Not
at all
    % % % % %
 

6/5-9/13

51 31 12 3 1

 

Gallup Poll. June 1-4, 2013. N=1,529 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"How proud are you to be an American: extremely proud, very proud, moderately proud, only a little proud, or not at all proud?"

 
    Extremely Very Moderately Only
a little
Not
at all
    % % % % %
 

6/1-4/13

57 28 10 3 1

 

Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind. April 22-28, 2013. N=863 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.4.

             

"When you think about mothers today, do you think their job has become harder or easier since the days of their mothers, or have things not changed?"

 
    Harder Easier Haven't
changed
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/22-28/13

74 11 10 4  
             

"Which party do you believe has the best interests of mothers in mind: the Republicans, Democrats or neither?"

 
    Republicans Democrats Neither Unsure Refused
    % % % % %
 

4/22-28/13

20 32 39 8 1
             

"In your opinion, is it possible or is it impossible for women to be good mothers and have successful careers, all at the same time?"

 
    Possible Impossible Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/22-28/13

86 8 5 1  
             

"In your opinion, are mothers under more or less pressure to look as youthful and fit as their mothers did, or is there no difference?"

 
    More
pressure
Less
pressure
No
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/22-28/13

68 4 21 7  
             

"In your opinion, does new technology like cell phones and home computers make it easier or harder for women to be good mothers today, or do they make no difference?"

 
    Easier Harder No
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/22-28/13

36 28 28 7  
             

"In your opinion, do you think today's children rely too much on their moms, not enough, or do you think they get the right amount of support from their moms?"

 
    Too much Not enough Right
amount
Unsure Refused
    % % % % %
 

4/22-28/13

21 34 26 18 1
             

"When you think about fathers today, do you think their job has become harder or easier since the days of their fathers, or have things not changed?"

 
    Harder Easier Haven't
changed
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/22-28/13

59 16 20 5  
             

"In your opinion is it possible or is it impossible for men to be good fathers and have successful careers, all at the same time?"

 
    Possible Impossible Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/22-28/13

93 4 2 1  
             

"In your opinion, does new technology like cell phones and home computers make it easier or harder for men to be good fathers today, or do they make no difference?"

 
    Easier Harder No
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/22-28/13

36 25 34 5  
             

"In your opinion, do you think today's children rely too much on their dads, not enough, or do you think they get the right amount of support from their dads?"

 
    Too much Not enough Right
amount
Unsure Refused
    % % % % %
 

4/22-28/13

14 45 27 13 2
             

"If you were to identify who has played the most positive role in helping you become the person you are today, would you say your mom or dad is more responsible?"

 
    Mom Dad Grew up
without
parents (vol.)
Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)/
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/22-28/13

46 24 1 22 8

 

Gallup Poll. April 4-7, 2013. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Do you feel that the distribution of money and wealth in this country today is fair, or do you feel that the money and wealth in this country should be more evenly distributed among a larger percentage of the people?"

 
    Fair Should be
more even
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/4-7/13

33 59 7    
 

4/7-11/11

35 57 8    
 

3/27-29/09

35 59 6    
 

10/23-26/08

37 58 5    
 

4/6-9/08

27 68 5    
 

4/2-5/07

29 66 5    
 

1/10-12/03

31 63 6    
 

9/11-13/00

38 56 6    
 

4/23 - 5/31/98

31 63 6    
             

"People feel differently about how far a government should go. Here is a phrase which some people believe in and some don't. Do you think our government should or should not redistribute wealth by heavy taxes on the rich?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/4-7/13

52 45 3    
 

4/7-11/11

47 49 4    
 

3/27-29/09

50 46 4    
 

10/23-26/08

46 50 4    
 

4/6-9/08

51 43 5    
 

4/2-5/07

49 47 4    
 

4/23 - 5/31/98

45 51 4    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 14-17, 2012. N=1,025 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"In America, each generation has tried to have a better life than their parents, with a better living standard, better homes, a better education, and so on. How likely do you think it is that today's youth will have a better life than their parents: very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely, or very unlikely?"

 
    Likely Unlikely      
    % %      
 

12/14-17/12

49 50      
 

4/20-23/11

44 55      
 

10/21-24/10

51 48      
 

1/8-10/10

62 38      
 

12/12-14/08

56 42      
 

1/30 - 2/2/08

66 33      

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. Sept. 21-24, 2012. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Are you better off or worse off than you were at the beginning of 2009?"

 
    Better off Worse off About the
same (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/21-24/12

43 33 23 1  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 8-12, 2012. N=1,301 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Compared with four years ago, are you and your family better off today, worse off today, or about the same?" N=1,170 registered voters, margin of error 3

 
    Better Worse About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/8-12/12 RV

25 28 46 1  
             

"Do you think the future of the next generation of Americans will be better, worse, or about the same as life today?"

 
    Better Worse About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/8-12/12

32 42 18 8  
 

4/13-17/12

24 47 23 6  
 

10/19-24/11

21 46 29 4  
 

10/21-26/10

22 51 23 5  
 

5/20-24/10

20 50 25 5  
 

2/5-10/10

25 46 26 3  
 

5/6-12/09

25 42 28 5  

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). Sept. 9-11, 2012. N=1,056 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error 3. RV = registered voters

             

"Thinking about your situation today compared to what it was four years ago, are you better off than you were four years ago, or not?"

 
    Better off Not
better off
Same
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/9-11/12

42 42 15 1  
 

7/15-17/12 RV

37 48 13 1  
             

"And thinking about your situation today compared to what it was ONE year ago, are you better off than you were a year ago, or not?"

 
    Better off Not
better off
Same
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/9-11/12

44 39 17 1  

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. Aug. 16-20, 2012. N=1,006 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.9.

             

"In America, each generation has tried to have a better life than their parents, with a better living standard, better homes, a better education and so on. How likely do you think it is that today's youth will have a better life than their parents: very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely or very unlikely?"

 
    Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Somewhat
unlikely
Very
unlikely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

8/16-20/12

17 33 28 21 2

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Aug. 11 & 13, 2012. N=1,066 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4. Interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

             

"Would you say you and your family are better off than you were four years ago, or not?"
2011: "Would you say you and your family are better off than you were three years ago, or not?"

 
    Better off Not
better off
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/11 & 13/12

45 53 3    
 

12/6-7/11

48 49 3    
 

10/26-27/11

43 54 3    

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). June 3-5, 2012. N=907 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In general, do you think America's best days are ahead of us or behind us?"

 
    Ahead Behind Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/3-5/12

63 26 7 4  
 

5/12-13/09

57 33 7 3  

 

Gallup Poll. May 3-6, 2012. N=1,024 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Thinking just about your own financial situation, do you consider yourself to be rich, upper income, middle income, lower income, or poor?"

 
    Rich Upper
income
Middle
income
Lower
income
Poor
    % % % % %
 

5/3-6/12

2 8 48 27 14
             
 

"Looking ahead, how likely is it that you will ever be rich? Would you say it is very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?" Among those who do not consider themselves rich (N=1,008, margin of error 4)

 
    Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not very
likely
Not at all
likely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/3-6/12

7 21 40 32 1
             
             
 

"All in all, if you had your choice, would you want to be rich, or not?" Among those who do not consider themselves rich (N=1,008, margin of error 4)

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/3-6/12

63 35 1    
             
 

"Do you think that rich people in America today are happier than you, less happy, or about the same?" Among those who do not consider themselves rich (N=1,008, margin of error 4)

 
    Happier Less happy About the
same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/3-6/12

11 27 57 4  
             

"Do you think the United States benefits from having a class of rich people, or not?"

 
    Benefits Does not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/3-6/12

63 34 3    

 

Gallup Poll. Jan. 23, 2012. Adults nationwide. Interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

             

"Do you think the U.S. economic system is fair or unfair to you, personally?" N=510 (Form C), margin of error 5

 
    Fair Unfair Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/23/12

62 36 2    
             

"Do you think the U.S. economic system is fair or unfair?" N=498 (Form D), margin of error 5

 
    Fair Unfair Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/23/12

45 49 6    

 

Gallup Poll. Nov. 28-Dec. 1, 2011. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Some people think of American society as divided into two groups -- the 'haves' and 'have-nots' -- while others think it's incorrect to think of America that way. Do you, yourself, think of America as divided into haves and have-nots, or don't you think of America that way?"

 
    Divided Not
divided
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/28 - 12/1/11

41 58 1    
 

6/5 - 7/6/08

49 49 2    
 

6/8-25/06

45 53 2    
 

6/9-30/04

37 62 1    
 

12/9/02 - 2/11/03

41 56 3    
 

9/11-13/00

38 59 3    
 

4/23 - 5/31/98

39 59 2    
 

7/1-7/88

26 71 3    
             

"If you had to choose, which of these groups are you in: the haves or the have-nots?"

 
    Haves Have-nots Neither
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

11/28 - 12/1/11

58 34 4 4  
 

6/5 - 7/6/08

59 32 5 5  
 

6/8-25/06

57 35 5 3  
 

6/9-30/04

57 31 6 6  
 

12/9/02 - 2/11/03

61 27 8 4  
 

9/11-13/00

60 31 - 9  
 

4/23 - 5/31/98

67 24 6 3  
 

7/1-7/88

59 17 15 9  
             

"Think of your parents when they were your age. Would you say you are better off financially than they were, or not?"

 
    Better off Not
better off
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/28 - 12/1/11

69 29 2    
 

4/23 - 5/31/98

74 23 3    

Life continued


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