06/07/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Optimism Prevails: More Americans Believe In American Dream Though Only 44% Said They Had Achieved It

Given the battered economy, increasing joblessness and collapse of the housing market, what is the state of the American dream?

Pollsters for The New York Times and CBS News set out last month to try to answer that question.

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