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American Dream Homes


In polls taken over the past several decades, being able to own one’s own home usually is at or near the top American goals and aspirations. A new poll confirms the centrality of the idea, and the results also explain why politicians talk about home ownership so much. The early March Heartland Monitor/National Journal/Allstate poll asked people whether certain things were part of the American Dream. Three responses including home ownership clustered very closely together in terms of top aspirations and goals. In this poll and in others, “becoming wealthy” ranks at or near the bottom of the list.

Source: Heartland Monitor/National Journal/Allstate, March 2011.