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Poll: Most Americans believe they'll achieve the American Dream — but the next generation is screwed

More than 7 voters in 10 American voters seem pretty satisfied with their shot at the American Dream. A strong majority "feel they have achieved the American Dream (33 percent) or are on course to realizing it (39 percent), according to a Fox News poll. But they're not optimistic about our nation's future.

Fifty-nine percent of respondents say they believe they are better off than their parents, while only 30 percent said they believe "life for the next generation will be better than life today."

Two years ago, 49 percent of voters predicted life would be worse for the next generation. Today, 61 percent report thinking that way.

Most Republicans (70 percent) say life will be worse in the future, and 51 percent of Democrats agree.

The poll also found that most Americans consider "achieving the American Dream" to involve graduating from college and having a successful career.