Gallup poll: Most kids predict a better future than their parent - KSFY News - Sioux Falls, SD News, Weather, Sports

Gallup poll: Most kids predict a better future than their parents

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • New cane ball courts diversifying Huron

    New cane ball courts diversifying Huron

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:58 PM EDT2014-04-16 23:58:27 GMT
    Cane ball, a game similar to volleyball and soccer, is growing popular in the city of Huron, and a group of students are doing something about it. Middle schoolers, originally from Thailand and Burma,More >>
    Cane ball, a game similar to volleyball and soccer, is growing popular in the city of Huron, and a group of students are doing something about it. Middle schoolers, originally from Thailand and Burma, are so in love with the game, for their Destination Imagination (D.I.) project they petitioned to get some courts set up in town.More >>
  • Sioux Falls swimmers anticipate indoor aquatic center

    Sioux Falls swimmers anticipate indoor aquatic center

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-04-16 23:37:40 GMT
    Sioux Falls swimmers could see a new indoor pool open at Spellerberg park in the next two years.That's just east of the VA in central Sioux Falls.KSFY News spoke to people who love taking to the water.More >>
    Sioux Falls swimmers could see a new indoor pool open at Spellerberg park in the next two years.That's just east of the VA in central Sioux Falls.KSFY News spoke to people who love taking to the water.More >>
  • Two puppies stolen from Ed's Pet World

    Two puppies stolen from Ed's Pet World

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:25 PM EDT2014-04-16 23:25:37 GMT
    "What kind of person would come in and steal puppies?" Ed Anderson, owner of Ed's Pet World in Mitchell, is trying to find out. He came to work yesterday morning to find his cash register destroyed, merchandiseMore >>
    "What kind of person would come in and steal puppies?" Ed Anderson, owner of Ed's Pet World in Mitchell, is trying to find out.More >>
  • Police investigating murder in western Sioux Falls

    Police investigating murder in western Sioux Falls

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-04-16 23:06:39 GMT
    Breaking news developing in western Sioux Falls this evening. KSFY News reporter Logan Bartness is on scene at 5605 W. Misty Glen Place. Several Sioux Falls police officers are on scene and actively investigating. PoliceMore >>
    Police say a woman was murdered this afternoon at a home in western Sioux Falls.More >>
  • Henry man killed in two-vehicle crash

    Henry man killed in two-vehicle crash

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:49:38 GMT
    A Henry man died Monday in a two vehicle crash approximately twenty miles west of Watertown. Gilbert Lewis Kittelson, 84, of Henry, was driving a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer eastbound on U.S. Highway 212.More >>
    A Henry man died Monday in a two vehicle crash approximately twenty miles west of Watertown.More >>
  • South Dakota Governor hosts Easter egg hunt

    South Dakota Governor hosts Easter egg hunt

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:47:10 GMT
    Families are invited to join the Easter egg hunt at the Governor's resident in Pierre.Governor Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard are hosting the 61st Annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. centralMore >>
    Families are invited to join the Easter egg hunt at the Governor's resident in Pierre.More >>
  • State help for Northern Beef was about $4.4M

    State help for Northern Beef was about $4.4M

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-04-16 19:50:24 GMT
    South Dakota U.S. Senate candidates talking about the idled Northern Beef Packers have been tossing out figures of taxpayer losses ranging from zero dollars to $80 million.    A breakdown from state agenciesMore >>
    South Dakota U.S. Senate candidates talking about the idled Northern Beef Packers have been tossing out figures of taxpayer losses ranging from zero dollars to $80 million.More >>
  • Mother of missing boy found in claw machine will not face charges

    Mother of missing boy found in claw machine will not face charges

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:34 PM EDT2014-04-16 19:34:01 GMT
    The mother of the 3-year-old Nebraska boy who was reported missing before being found safe inside a claw machine at a nearby bowling alley will not face charges. The mother, who was not identified, calledMore >>
    The mother of the 3-year-old Nebraska boy who was reported missing before being found safe inside a claw machine at a nearby bowling alley will not face charges.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KSFY. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service or our EEO Report.