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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