The percentage of U.S. adults who say the economy is heading in the wrong direction has increased to 86%, up from 64% in November 2006.
Researchers at a unit of MetLife Inc., New York, have published those figures in a summary of results from a Web-based survey of 800 U.S. residents ages 19 and older.
The researchers broke out responses from members of the Silent Generation, who were born between 1933 and 1945; the Baby Boom Generation, who were born between 1946 and 1964; Generation X, who were born between 1965 and 1975; and the older members of Generation Y, who were born between 1977 and 1994.
Participants in all age groups were about equally likely to say the economy is heading in the wrong direction, but members of the Silent Generation were far more likely to say they themselves have “achieved the American Dream.”
The percentage of Silent Generation members who say they have achieved the American Dream rose to 64%, from 63%.