|[January 28, 2014]
As President's State of the Union Extols American Dream, New Survey from Woodbury University Places Obama Second to Oprah as Embodiment of American Dream
LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)--
As President Obama calls for restoration of the American dream for the
middle class in tonight's State of the Union address, a new survey by
Woodbury University (www.woodbury.edu)
looks at the American dream from a somewhat more personal perspective:
who best embodies it?
As part of a forthcoming study on the American dream, Woodbury asked
more than 300 Americans, "Who best epitomizes achievement of the
Topping the list was Oprah Winfrey, named by 37 percent of respondents,
followed by the President, at 32 percent. Financier Donald Trump
finished third, at 16 percent; 9 percent named Tesla's Elon Musk, while
4.5 percent cited NBA star LeBron James and 3 percent selected singer
"As the nation responds to th President's proposals to restore the
American dream to the middle class, it's instructive to consider who in
public life we associate most closely with attainment of the American
dream," said Woodbury President Luis Maria R. Calingo, Ph.D.
"Whatever one's vision of the American dream, these role models continue
to loom large in the collective imagination, as they give life to our
aspirations and our hopes."
The survey of 300 adults, fielded in late December among Woodbury
students, alumni, staff and a cross-section of the general population,
has a margin of error of +/- 5 percent.
About Woodbury University
Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions
of higher education in Southern California. Woodbury offers bachelor's
degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of
Media, Culture & Design, and Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies,
along with an MBA program, Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of
Science in Architecture (MSArch), and Master of Organizational
Leadership. The San Diego campus offers Bachelor of Architecture, Master
of Real Estate Development for Architects (MRED), and Master of Science
in Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism degrees. Visit www.woodbury.edu for
more information, and Reflections
on Excellence, a twice-monthly blog written by Woodbury
University President Luis Maria R. Calingo, Ph.D.
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