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21% Say Today’s Children Will Be Better Off Than Their Parents

Friday, March 25, 2011

Although today’s children are the future of our nation, most Americans continue to believe they won’t be better off than their parents.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 21% of Adults say today’s children will be better off than their parents.  Sixty percent (60%) disagree with that assessment, while 19% are not sure.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Since January 2009, the number of Americans who are optimistic about today’s children has ranged from a low of 17% to a high of 27%.  In that time, pessimism has ranged anywhere from 47% to 62%.

While 27% of adults with children at home believe today’s young people will be better off than their elders, just 17% of Americans without kids agree.

Younger Americans are more optimistic about the future of today’s children than those adults over the age of 40.

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 The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on March 17-18, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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