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CNN -- "Ford: The American Dream is defiantly resilient"

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Answering today’s six OFF-SET questions is Michael Ford, founding director of Xavier University’s Center for the Study of the American Dream.

The Washington Times -- "Institutionalized"

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Uh-oh. Summon the Founding Fathers - and mothers. Get back to basics and ignore the trite distractions of partisan argument, biased press and corrosive culture. Americans have “lost faith in our nations most significant public institutions” says a new survey by the Center for the Study of the American Dream at Xavier University that even the pollsters deemed “deeply troublesome”...

Arkansas Matter.com -- "The American Dream is Alive in Arkansas"

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Arkansas' unemployment rate has topped 7.5%. Nationwide, that jumps above 9.5%. As homes are being foreclosed is the American dream being foreclosed with them?...

Today's THV -- "Defining the American Dream"

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Ford was a consultant for nine presidential campaigns. He also worked with over 100 Senate and House campaigns. He then moved to the corporate world to work in banking and Internet startups. But, he left it all to return to his alma mater, Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He helped found the Center for the Study of the American Dream...

The New York Magazine -- "Is It Time to Awaken From the American Dream"

Friday, November 5, 2010

So it should not surprise us that polling results released by Xavier University last winter showed new immigrants to be among the biggest believers in the American dream. But it ought to worry us more than it does that middle-aged Midwestern white women, according to Xavier, are among the most skeptical about it...

The Associate Press -- "Analysis: Turbulent times and change elections"

Sunday, October 31, 2010

"'It's about fear,' said Michael Ford, the founding director of Xavier University's Institute for Politics and the American Dream. 'When you ask people about the American Dream, they all worry about whether it's lost for their children. What they've lost confidence in is every institution that's supposed to safeguard that, the government, church, business, even sports'..."

CNN -- "What Happened to the American Dream?"

Friday, July 30, 2010

Americans are clearly distressed about an unemployment rate that hovers just below 10 percent, but our anxiety is not just about jobs. In a Xavier University poll, 60 percent of respondents said it has become harder to reach the American Dream than it was for their parents' generation, and two-thirds said it will be even harder for their children...

Real Clear Politics -- "The Establishment's Chicken Little Consensus"

Friday, July 9, 2010

It's easy to make depressing statistics the story. About two-thirds of Americans said in March that they think it will be harder for their children and grandchildren to reach the American dream than it was for them, according to a Xavier University poll. But the same share expressed confidence that they have reached, or will reach, the American dream in their lifetime...

The Xavier Magazine -- "American Dreaming"

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

From his 35-year career in politics, Michael Ford knows that talking about the American Dream is a sure way to get a roomful of people to nod their heads, no matter what their politics, age or income level...

The Huffington Post -- "Fear and Grieving on the Protest Trail"

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The recent State of the American Dream Survey by Xavier University's Institute for Politics and the American Dream shows a predictable overall decline of faith that the American Dream can be achieved in our time...

Xavier News & Events -- Institute Award First Two Gilligan Scholarships

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Xavier University Institute for Politics and the American Dream is awarding its first two $2,500 Gov. John J. Gilligan scholarships on Thursday, April 8, at a special recognition dinner on campus...

The St. Petersburg Times -- "The For Young Immigrant, American Dream Still Shines"

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The American Dream is in trouble. That's according to a study released last month by the Institute for Politics and the American Dream at Ohio's Xavier University. Sixty percent of the people the institute polled believe it's harder for them to reach the American Dream than it was for their parents...

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland -- "After the Storm"

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Not surprisingly, people's attitudes have changed. For instance, in the past when Ohio's Xavier University's Institute for Politics and the American Dream surveyed consumers for its--American Dream Survey,--people described their American dream as becoming richer and providing a better future for their children...

Journal News -- "Commentary: Many Fear American Dream Dying"

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Into this gloomy environment, Xavier University’s Institute for Politics and the American Dream last week plopped down a different kind of study...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution -- "Rewriting the American Dream"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

This being America, somebody has taken a State of the American Dream Survey. Xavier University in Cincinnati revealed Monday that three of every five Americans believe reaching the American Dream is harder than it was for their parents...

AOL News -- "Pessimism Prevails in U.S., Poll Shows"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

In phone interviews with 1,000 adults, Xavier University found that a clear majority of Americans feel that things are much worse off now than they were a generation ago, and that they will only continue to decline...

The Huffington Post -- "What Happened to the White Picket Fence?"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

In the American Consumer Republic, the Xavier University for Politics and the American Dream's first national survey of the Dream found that the alleged sanctity of home ownership may be the creation of advertisers and the realtor lobby...

The Washington Post -- "Survey: Americans in a pessimistic mood"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Defining the American Dream is not easy, although four definitions dominate people's perceptions of what it means to them, according to researchers at the Xavier University's Institute for Politics and the American Dream: opportunity, freedom, family and financial success...

Planetizen -- "The Fleeting American Dream"

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The American Dream is a concept that's had a rough go for the past few years. A new survey shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans don't think that dream can become reality...

WCPO Cincinnati -- "Is the American Dream in Jeopardy?"

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A new survey released by Xavier University found the majority of parents believe their children and grandchildren may never have a chance to live the American Dream...

Dayton Daily News -- "American Dream in Trouble? Not with 2 Area Students"

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The American dream may be in trouble but don’t tell that to Cory MacPherson, a senior at Wright State University, or Emily Wilhelm, a freshman at the University of Dayton. MacPherson and Wilhelm are going against the grain of an unusual national survey released on Tuesday, March 16, by the Institute for Politics and the American Dream at Xavier University in Cincinnati...

Fox & Hounds Daily -- "Has 'The American Dream' Become a Nightmare?"

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A new survey published today by Xavier University reveals that Americans believe “The American Dream” is now harder to attain than ever before...

Pajamas Media -- "The Depressed President of a Depressed Country"

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

According to a new poll from Xavier University, pessimism about the future is pervading our culture: Only 23 percent said it will be easier for the next generation to achieve the American Dream, while 68 percent said it will harder...

MSNBC: Hardball with Chris Matthews -- "Americans Still Optimistic about the Future"

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

According to a poll by Xavier University, 67% of American say they can still achieve the American Dream in their lifetimes...

The Blogmocracy -- "Poll: American Dream Dead"

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

This is an indicator of the foul mood of the American public. In a poll performed by Xavier University, more people surveyed were pessimistic about the next generation achieving “the American dream” than optimistic...