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Poll: U.S. youth more optimistic

Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:42 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A survey of fifth- through 12-graders finds 43 percent of the children say they will be better off than their parents, the Gallup Poll said.

More than half of the school-age children asked (52 percent) said they believe they will have a better standard of living, better homes and a better education than their parents while 5 percent said a better life was somewhat or very unlikely.

By gender, 46 percent of girls and 41 percent of boys said they likely would have a better future with girls marginally more optimistic about achieving a better standard of living than their parents. Fifty-four percent of non-white students were optimistic of improved prospects for their lives compared to 31 percent of white students.

The optimism of the next generation was a bit more tempered among U.S adults, nearly half of whom (49 percent) said today's youth would likely have a better life than they have in a USA Today-Gallup poll conducted in December, Gallup said. Fifty percent of adults were pessimistic about the prospects for the youth having a better standard of living.

The Gallup poll was based on telephone interviews with 1,217 students in grades 5 through 12 conducted from Sept. 11-Oct. 4.

Parents had to give permission for the pollsters to re-contact the school-age children who participated in the survey, which had a total sampling error of 3 percent.

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