Oprah Winfrey is Embodiment of American Dream in New Survey

As part of a forthcoming study on the American dream, Woodbury University asked more than 300 Americans, “Who best epitomizes achievement of the American Dream?”

Oprah Winfrey was the first choice of survey participants coming in ahead of President Obama, Donald Trump, Elon Musk, LeBron James and Beyonce Knowles.

Ms. Winfrey was chosen by 37 percent of respondents, followed by President Obama, 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 Beyonce Knowles.

“As the nation responds to the 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 was conducted in late December among Woodbury students, alumni, staff and a cross-section of the general population.

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