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Americans Blame Wall Street for Making American Dream Harder to Achieve

  • Survey shows Americans think financial industry hurts them
  • Capitalism still viewed generally positively by most in U.S.
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Almost half of Americans say Wall Street banks have made the “American Dream” more difficult to attain, according to a national poll released Wednesday that also shows capitalism still has strong support.

The RealClear Opinion Research survey shows 45 percent of Americans say Wall Street and investment firms make it harder for them to achieve the American Dream, while 26 percent say they make no difference and 13 percent say they make the goal easier to win.