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The 2009 MetLife Study of the American Dream

More than two years ago (in November 2006), MetLife commissioned the first groundbreaking Study of the American Dream to determine how the U.S. public’s perception of the American dream had been impacted by the erosion of corporate and social safety nets.

Now in its third year, the 2009 MetLife Study of the American Dream finds that the dream has once again been revised — possibly to a greater extent than could have been imagined just one year ago. The tectonic shifts that will be described on the following pages would typically be expected to span decades. Yet, as this year’s study reveals, the country has experienced major changes that will likely have a lasting impact on how Americans achieve and sustain the dream.