29% Believe Children Born Today Will Live Better Than Their Parents, 35% Say Worse

Twenty-nine percent (29%) of voters believe children born today will live better lives than their parents. However, a Political IQ national survey found that 35% take the opposite view and believe it will be worse.

The survey, conducted by Scott Rasmussen, found that 16% believe there won’t be much difference and 20% are not sure.

Solid pluralities of Republicans and Independents believe children born today will be worse off than their parents. By a 38% to 24% margin, Democrats take the more optimistic view. This partisan divide is likely the result of the presidential election. People tend to be more optimistic when their party controls the White House.

Rural voters are significantly more pessimistic than urban or suburban voters.

Senior citizens are far more pessimistic than younger voters.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from November 5-7, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 168 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied to the larger sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population. The sample included 1,052 respondents who say they voted in Election 2020. Of that group, 51% voted for Joe Biden and 46% for Donald Trump.

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