U.S. Youth Say They Will Be Better Off Than Their Parents

American youth have little doubt that they will have a better life than their parents. Almost all fifth- through 12th-graders are optimistic about the future, saying they are very likely (43%) or somewhat likely (52%) to have a better standard of living, better homes, and a better education than their parents. …

Students’ strongly positive expectations for their future contrast sharply with American adults’ guarded outlook about this country’s next generation. [cont.]

Shane Lopez & Valerie J. Calderon, Gallup