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Getting By


A February McClatchy/Marist poll found that 80 percent of adults believe that it takes more effort to get ahead these days than it did for previous generations, while 15 percent said it takes about the same amount of effort, and only 5 percent thought that it took less effort. There was strong bipartisan agreement: 80 percent of Democrats, 79 percent of Republicans, and 80 percent of Independents agreed it takes more work. In another question in the poll, 31 percent of respondents said that people who work hard have a good chance of improving their standard of living, while 68 percent say they still have a hard time maintaining their standard of living. On this question too, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents were in general agreement.