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51% Say Children Today Have Worse Quality Of Life Than Those A Generation Ago

Half of Americans nationwide now believe that today’s children are worse off than those of the previous generation.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 30% of American Adults believe the quality of life for children today is better than it was a generation ago. Fifty-one percent (51%) say children’s quality of life is worse today, while 12% believe the two generations are about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The new results are more pessimistic than those found in January of last year, when 44% said children’s quality of life was worse and 34% said it was better.

Among adults with children living at home with them, 49% say their quality of life is worse today than past generations, while 34% say it is better. Those without children at home are even more negative: 52% say quality of life is worse today, while just 27% say the opposite.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 29-30, 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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