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Optimism among U.S. investors rose again in the third quarter after plateauing in the second quarter and is now hitting levels not reached since 2000.

U.S. homeownership rates are down eight percentage points since 2009, with declines evident among most major demographic groups except older Americans.

Majorities of U.S. investors are taking each of eight actions that can contribute to financial health, but they are far more likely to be doing some than others.

by Robert Bird and Frank Newport

Household income and education are strong predictors of Americans' views of what social class they are in, although the terms "lower class" and "upper class" are infrequently used regardless of income or education.