Will Your Kids Be Better Off Than You? Polls Shows African-Americans Particulary Optimistic

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A new poll shows African-American parents are optimistic their children will be better off than they are. Credit: Getty


Your grandparents were poor, but they worked hard so their children and their children's children could have better lives.

Many -- maybe even most -- people dream of better lives for their posterity. But will they achieve it?

African-Americans think so. Even in bleak economic times, a new Washington Post-Kaiser-Harvard poll reflects that black parents are among the most optimistic in the country in believing their children will meet or exceed their current standard of living.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 25 percent of African-Americans live in poverty. That's almost twice as high as the general population.

Nonetheless, the poll indicates African-American parents are much more hopeful about the future than their gloomy white counterparts.

Asked if their kids are going to have a better or worse standard of living at their age, 60 percent of black parents said better. Only 36 percent of white parents said their kids would have better lives.

Republicans tends to drag those numbers down.

Maybe it's because they think the world is going to hell in a hand basket -- especially with a Democrat in the White House -- but conservative white Republicans tend to be a bunch of Debbie Downers, according to the poll.

About 44 percent of them see a bad moon on the rise. Democrats are a lot peppier. Only 21 percent of them see a bleaker future for their kids.

One thing most people agree on: It sucks being their parents.

It doesn't matter whether you are a Democratic, Republican or Independent. It doesn't matter if you are black, white or Hispanic. Majorities (albeit slim majorities) in all those groups said they are faring better than their mothers and fathers.

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