www.townahll.com/columnists/brucebartlett/printbb20041018.shtml A new study suggests that this election may be as much about freedom as anything else, with those placing the highest value on it increasingly identifying with the Republican party. The report is titles, "The American Dream 2004" and was commissioned by the national League of Cities. it is based on a national public opinion survey completed in August. The purpose of the report was to find out wheter people still believe in the American Dream, whether it is still achievable and what it means. The good news is that 63 % of Americans believe that they are presently living the American Dream. Moreover, 62 percent believe it is achievable for most Americans and 65 percent think their children have a good shot at it. Even among those who say that they are not living the Americna Dream themselves, 42 percent are fairly confident that they will achive it someday.