Feeling Hopeless? You’re Not Alone, Gallup Poll Says

One of our editors graduated from college in May 2010, and although she had already lined up a job a month before walking down the aisle, she still lives at home. Between saving money from her paychecks to pay her taxes and paying off her student loan debt, she is struggling. She hopes to find a new job and be able to move into her own place. But when will it happen?

According to a recent Gallup poll, only 44 percent of Americans believe that our generation will have better lives than their parents. This number has fallen since the 2008-2009 recession “and [is] the lowest on record for a trend dating to 1983,” according to Gallup.

The question posed to 1,013 Americans 18 and older read, “In America, each generation has tried to live a better life than their parents with a better living standard, better homes, a better education, and so on. How likely do you think it is that today’s youth will have a better life than their parents — very likely, somewhat likely, somewhat unlikely, or very unlikely?”

Of the poll results, Gallup’s Elizabeth Mendes writes, “While the majority of young adults believe that today’s youth will be better off than their parents, optimism declines substantially among older Americans. Less than half of 30- to 49-year-olds say the same, and even fewer 50- to 64-year-olds (36%) and seniors (37%) do.”

The next question Gallup should ask is whether or not our generation is more artistically fulfilled than our parents’ generation. With shows like Project Runway and American Idol, artists of all kinds are encouraged to strike out and do their creative ‘thang.’ I started this magazine because I thought given the chance, I could pull it off.

Are you more creatively fulfilled than your parents, or do you see the potential to be? Do you think there’s hope? What do you think?


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