Post-Miller Center poll: American Dream and financial security

Poll Questions

Q: Overall, would you say you are satisfied or dissatisfied with the country's economic situation?

Q: Overall, would you say you are satisfied or dissatisfied with your own personal financial situation?

Q: Would you say you feel (more) financially secure, (less) secure, or about as secure as you felt a few years ago?

Q: If you were asked to use one of the following five names for your social class, which would you say you belong in - upper, upper-middle, middle, lower-middle, lower?

Q: What do you think is more likely over the next few years in terms of your social class...? (you will move up) or (you will slip backwards)?

Q: To have freedom of choice in how to live one's life. Is this very much what you understand The American Dream to mean, or sort of what it means, or not what it means?

Q: To be able to become wealthy. Is this very much what you understand The American Dream to mean, or sort of what it means, or not what it means?

Q: To be able to get a college education. Is this very much what you understand The American Dream to mean, or sort of what it means, or not what it means?

Q: To own a home. Is this very much what you understand The American Dream to mean, or sort of what it means, or not what it means?

Q: To do better than one's parents did. Is this very much what you understand The American Dream to mean, or sort of what it means, or not what it means?

Q: To be rewarded for hard work. Is this very much what you understand The American Dream to mean, or sort of what it means, or not what it means?

Q: The ability to balance work and family life. Is this very much what you understand The American Dream to mean, or sort of what it means, or not what it means?

Q: When you think about The American Dream, is it something which has real meaning to you personally, something which has meaning to others but not to you, or is it just a phrase which doesn't really have meaning to anyone?

Q: 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?

Q: 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?

Q: Which of these statements do you agree with more: (most people who want to get ahead can make it if they're willing to work hard) OR (hard work and determination are no guarantee of success for most people)?

Q: Thinking about the past few years, would you say it has become (easier) or (harder) for people like you to get ahead financially or hasn't that changed much?

Q: Thinking about the past few years, would you say it has become (easier) or (harder) for people like you to afford health care or hasn't that changed much? (half sample)

Q: Thinking about the past few years, would you say it has become (easier) or (harder) for people like you to pay for college or hasn't that changed much? (half sample)

Q: Thinking about the past few years, would you say it has become (easier) or (harder) for people like you to find good jobs or hasn't that changed much? (half sample)

Q: Thinking about the past few years, would you say it has become (easier) or (harder) for people like you to find decent, affordable housing or hasn't that changed much? (half sample)

Q: (AMONG PARENTS) Thinking about the past few years, would you say it has become (easier) or (harder) for people like you to [provide for your children] or hasn't that changed much?

Q: (AMONG NOT RETIRED) Thinking about the past few years, would you say it has become (easier) or (harder) for people like you to save for retirement or hasn't that changed much?

Q: Which ONE of the following do you think is most important for getting ahead financially - (hard work), (friends and connections), (education), (growing up wealthy), (natural ability) or something else?

Q: To the extent that you have not gotten ahead financially as much as you would like, which of the following do you see as the biggest obstacle?

Q: Please tell me how important [improving public schools] is to help America compete with other countries economically.

Q: Please tell me how important government investment in new technology is to help America compete with other countries economically.

Q: Please tell me how important reducing the federal budget deficit is to help America compete with other countries economically.

Q: Please tell me how important government investment in roads, water systems, the energy grid and other services is to help America compete with other countries economically.

Q: Please tell me how important government investment in the manufacturing industry is to help America compete with other countries economically.

Q: Please tell me how important becoming less dependent on foreign oil is to help America compete with other countries economically.

Q: Which of the following would be the single most important thing to help you better achieve your version of the American Dream?

Q: The gap in pay between business executives and ordinary workers. To the extent that it has become harder to find good paying jobs in the United States than in the past, how much blame does each of the following deserve for that?

Q: Elected leaders in Washington who don't work together. To the extent that it has become harder to find good paying jobs in the United States than in the past, how much blame does each of the following deserve for that?

Q: American workers not working hard enough to get ahead. To the extent that it has become harder to find good paying jobs in the United States than in the past, how much blame does each of the following deserve for that?

Q: Wall Street financial institutions . To the extent that it has become harder to find good paying jobs in the United States than in the past, how much blame does each of the following deserve for that?

Q: Competition from cheaper labor overseas. To the extent that it has become harder to find good paying jobs in the United States than in the past, how much blame does each of the following deserve for that?

Q: New technology replacing workers. To the extent that it has become harder to find good paying jobs in the United States than in the past, how much blame does each of the following deserve for that?

Q: Rising cost of health care . To the extent that it has become harder to find good paying jobs in the United States than in the past, how much blame does each of the following deserve for that?

Q: Weaker labor unions. To the extent that it has become harder to find good paying jobs in the United States than in the past, how much blame does each of the following deserve for that?

Q: High taxes and regulations on business. To the extent that it has become harder to find good paying jobs in the United States than in the past, how much blame does each of the following deserve for that?

Q: Fewer federal and state government jobs. To the extent that it has become harder to find good paying jobs in the United States than in the past, how much blame does each of the following deserve for that?

Q: Companies refusing to invest profits in new jobs. To the extent that it has become harder to find good paying jobs in the United States than in the past, how much blame does each of the following deserve for that?

Q: Lack of government support for small businesses. To the extent that it has become harder to find good paying jobs in the United States than in the past, how much blame does each of the following deserve for that?

Q: Do you ever worry that your total family income will not be enough to meet your family's expenses and bills?

Q: In the last year, have you or has anyone living in your household Lost health insurance coverage or other benefits or not?

Q: the last year, have you or has anyone living in your household had work hours or pay cut?

Q: (AMONG EMPLOYED) Would you say that you earn...Much less than you deserve, less than you deserve, what you deserve, more than what you deserve or much more than you deserve?

Q: (AMONG NOT EMPLOYED) Thinking about your last job, would you say that you earned much less than you deserved, less than you deserved, what you deserved, more than what you deserved or much more than you deserved?

Q: (AMONG EMPLOYED) In the next 5 years, how likely is it that you will receive a significant raise in pay at your current job. Would you say it is very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely or not at all likely?

Q: (AMONG EMPLOYED) In the next 5 years, how likely is it that you will find a new job that pays more. Would you say it is very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely or not at all likely?

Q: (AMONG EMPLOYED) In the next 5 years, how likely is it that you will keep your current job and pay. Would you say it is very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely or not at all likely?

Q: (AMONG EMPLOYED) How much, if at all, does your current job allow you to use your skills and talents? Would you say a lot, somewhat, only a little, or not at all?

Q: (AMONG NOT RETIRED) Does having enough savings for retirement worry you a lot, a little, or not at all at the present time?

Q: (AMONG EMPLOYED) Does losing your job because of the economy worry you a lot, a little, or not at all at the present time?

Q: (AMONG NOT RETIRED) In the past 12 months, have you taken training to keep your skills and knowledge up to date or learn new skills?

Q: (AMONG THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN TRAINING) Have these new skills allowed you to earn more money, or don't you think it's made much difference?

Q: Are colleges doing enough to prepare students to find jobs in today's economy, or not?

Q: Please tell me how good of a job The Democratic Party does in offering real solutions to help the middle class - a very good job, fairly good, not too good or not good at all?

Q: Please tell me how good of a job The Republican Party does in offering real solutions to help the middle class - a very good job, fairly good, not too good or not good at all?

Q: Please tell me how good of a job Barack Obama does in offering real solutions to help the middle class - a very good job, fairly good, not too good or not good at all?

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