For many decades, parents in America have always believed that their children will be better off than they as parents were. The parents worked hard to help insure that their kids got a better start in life than when they were kids.
According to a recent Rasmussen Report Poll, only 14% of Americans said they believe that their children will be better off than they were. Twenty-one percent said they weren’t sure and 65% said that their children will most likely be worse off in the next generation.
In the week prior to that poll, Rasmussen Report revealed a similar pessimism on the overall state of the economy. In that report, only 31% felt the economy will improve in one year, 18% said it will be the same, 35% said it will be worse and 17% had no clue.
When I checked with Gallup.com, I found that the economic outlook was just as bad with only 35% saying the economic outlook was better while 61% said it was worse.
Dr. Janice Crouse, Senior Fellow of the Beverly LaHaye Institute and speaking on behalf of Concerned Women for America commented on the parental pessimism saying:
“Well, this is a complete turnaround from what Americans have come to expect. I think parents in the past three or four generations have just taken for granted that their kids could do better than they, and our generation is the first one looking at the possibility that our kids won’t do as well.