Belief in Economic Opportunity Unites Americans Across Ethnic and Racial Lines

In today’s politically charged environment, it’s easy to focus on the things that divide us. However, the most recent Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor survey found that Americans of all racial and ethnic backgrounds agree about access to economic opportunity and the path to success. People remain split, however, ontheir economic futures, as well as our collective ability to harness the power of diversity to improve financial outcomes for everyone.

The survey, the ninth in a series of quarterly reports since 2009, sheds light on how America’s increasingly diverse population views economic opportunity amid these demographic shifts. The survey shows most Americans believe the United States is doing a better job at creating equal opportunity across ethnic and racial lines. Americans also agree that education and individual effort are the keys to accessing that opportunity.

Perhaps the survey’s most important takeaway concerns the importance of economic opportunity. Americans of all backgrounds believe disagreements in this country on important issues are driven more by income differences rather than ethnic or cultural divides – and a vast majority see increased diversity driving improved racial tolerance and understanding.

“Americans believe our country has made great progress in providing equal opportunity to people of all races and ethnic backgrounds by a factor of three to one,” said Allstate Chairman, President and CEO Tom Wilson. “But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a lot of unmet challenges. We’ve made lots of progress in equal opportunity, but we’ve yet to turn that into greater economic prosperity.”

Learn more about the Heartland Monitor polls.

What surprises you most about the survey results? What can be done to turn the strength of our diversity into greater economic prosperity for all?

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