How likely do you think it is that today’s youth will have a better life than their parents?
For the very first time since Americans were surveyed with this question (in 1983), less than 50% (44%) of respondents thought that today’s youth would have a better life than their parents.
Maybe it has to do with sky-high levels of youth unemployment. Maybe it’s because student loan levels are climbing. Maybe it’s because today’s young’uns will someday be stuck supporting so many of their elders.
Whatever the reason, for the first time on record, most Americans said they did not believe today’s young would have better lives than their parents, according to new survey data from Gallup. In an April poll, only 44 percent expressed that view.