Will I ever be rich? Older Gen X say wealth not achievable

Slackers. Cynics. Latchkey youngsters. Technology X has confronted its share of damaging media perceptions over the a long time, so maybe it’s not shocking that members of this demographic cohort have a less-than-rosy outlook in the case of their very own incomes potential.

In a brand new Harris Ballot performed solely for Quick Firm, folks aged 45 to 54 have been the least prone to see wealth as an achievable objective in the USA, with solely 47% saying they agree that it’s doable to develop into rich or part of the elite class. That’s in comparison with 60% of 18- to 34-year-olds and 56% of 35- to 44-year-olds. Child boomers have been additionally extra prone to agree that wealth is achievable: 52% of 55- to 64-year-olds and 57% of individuals over 65 stated so.

Gen X is usually outlined as being born between 1965 and 1980, which means older members of the era at the moment are of their fifties and presumably coming to phrases with what they see as restricted incomes prospects as they inch nearer to retirement. Total, youthful folks within the survey—and youthful males, particularly—have been much more prone to see wealth as achievable, with 69% of males below 35 and 51% of ladies below 35 believing it’s.


The survey of 1,008 U.S. adults was performed in July and requested the next query:

“In the USA, turning into a member of the rich/elite class is an achievable objective.”

  • 18-34: 60% agree / 18% strongly agree
  • 35-44: 56% agree / 17% strongly agree
  • 45-54: 47% agree / 7% strongly agree
  • 55-64: 52% agree / 10% strongly agree
  • Over 65: 57% agree / 15% strongly agree

Though Gen Xers introduced down the typical, it’s value noting that People are nonetheless usually optimistic about the opportunity of getting wealthy, with 55% seeing it as an achievable objective.

On the identical time, and quite contradictorily, greater than half of respondents (54%) additionally stated members of their era would be worse off than their mother and father. In that regard, it was older millennials and youthful Gen Xers who confirmed probably the most pessimism, with 65% of 35- to 44-year-olds anticipating to be worse off than their mother and father, the best of any age group.