84% Say U.S. Is Land of Opportunity

Eighty-four percent (84%) of voters nationwide say that the United States is a land of opportunity. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey also finds that 85% believe that, if they’re willing to work hard, someone born in poverty has a reasonable chance to achieve a middle class life (see question wording and topline results).  This result is consistent with data released earlier showing that 77% believe anyone who is healthy and willing to work can find a job.

This is one of many results showing that, despite the toxic political atmosphere, many Americans have positive feelings about where the nation is today. However, those positive feelings co-exist with a recognition that there are still flaws and challenges to overcome. Just 33% believe the nation truly offers liberty and justice for all and most see income inequality as a big problem.

Most believe that the digital revolution has been good for America and that new technologies will have a bigger impact on our future than new government policies. On the other hand, 41% fear that automation and robots will lead to mass unemployment.

The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 16-17, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and sample Demographics). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error  with a 95% level of confidence. See crosstabs.

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