A recent survey published in TIME reveals that more than half of Americans are losing faith in the future of the American Dream. No surprise there, and perhaps it’s even a contrarian indicator? After all, people get overly giddy when times are good, and then go too gloomy when cyclical downturns happen—which can suggest a bottom.
Percentage of people who believe the American Dream will be easier or harder to achieve in 10 years.
This time may be be different, though. We’ve given ourselves far too much credit for far too long. If the American dream is pay-as-you-go for a while, these numbers could be spot-on. Oh well, the best things in life are still free. Right? This site is all about taking TIME (not the magazine, duh)—not spending money on stuff!