Baby boomers, members of the large generation born from 1946 to 1964, are pessimistic not only about their own finances but also about everyone else's; they are more likely than younger or older Americans to believe that it is harder for people to get ahead now than a decade ago — 66 percent says so — as well as harder to make progress, and easier to lose ground, than it was in the past. Among younger adults, 55 percent say it is harder to get ahead. Among older adults, 58 percent say so.


The Daily Number is a statistic, updated every weekday and typically drawn from Pew Research Center project findings, that highlights an important trend.

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