Gallup poll: Most kids predict a better future than their parents
A new Gallup poll suggests kids think they will have a better future than their parents, while moms and dads are split on the matter.
From September 11 to October 4, 2012, Gallup interviewed 1,217 fifth and 12th grade students nationwide. According to the survey, almost all of those participants are optimistic about the future. A "better life" consisted of a better standard of living, better homes, and a better education than their parents.
43 percent answered that they are very likely that they will have a better life than their parents; 52 percent answered somewhat likely. A combined 5 percent of those polled said the possibility of having a better life is somewhat or very unlikely.
The poll also showed sixth- and ninth-graders, girls and nonwhite youth are most optimistic.
51 percent of youth in sixth and ninth grades said they were very likely to outpace their parents. 46 percent of girls versus 41 percent of boys said it very likely they will have a better future than their parents had. Also, 54 percent of nonwhite students said it is very likely their lives will be better than their parents'.
However, parents were split on the issue. 49 percent said it is likely that their children will have a better future than them; 50 percent said it is unlikely.