This article was originally published in the Los Angeles Daily News.

If you read the news, you’ve probably noticed “bad vibes” surrounding the American Dream. From opinion polls to best-selling books and beloved comic books, the consensus says the American Dream is increasingly out of reach for everyday Americans.

But, much like the paradox surrounding the “vibes” economy, public sentiment doesn’t necessarily match up with personal experience. In fact, when asked about their own American Dream in a survey by the Archbridge Institute, only 24 percent of Americans said it is out of reach for their family. The rest—three in four Americans—believe they have either achieved it or are on their way to achieving it.

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