Poll: 86% Believe Individuals Make Their Own Success

An overwhelming majority of Americans still believe that individuals are responsible for their own success, according to a new national Rasmussen survey

The poll found that 86% of Americans believed success in life was determined primarily by the "choices and decisions" individuals made. 

In addition, the same poll found that 88% of Americans believe that someone who makes good decisions will "enjoy a middle-class lifestyle" while only 10% believe that such a lifestyle was "not very or not at all likely" for those who worked hard and made good decisions. 

These results prove Americans still stubbornly believe in self-reliance and upward mobility through individual initiative, even as the Obama administration tries to enact more big government programs--like Obamacare and the expansion of the food stamps program--that only serve to keep more Americans dependent on government.

Rasmussen Reports surveyed 1,000 Adults between February 23-24, and the margin of error for the poll was  +/-  3 percentage points. 


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