According to the Gallup Poll, Jan 2015
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Six in 10 Americans are satisfied with the opportunity for a person in the U.S. to get ahead by working hard. This is up from 54% last year, which was similar to satisfaction levels measured in the prior three years. However, from 2001 through 2008, Americans' satisfaction with the ability to get ahead by working hard was higher, ranging from 77% to 66%.
In 2001 it was nearly 80%.
In 2014 it was 54%.
Welcome to the new America. Where people no longer believe in hard work.