November 4, 2010

Once Again, The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be

Most Americans Say They Are Living Better Than Their Parents Did (graphic)

About two thirds of Americans judge their own standard of living to be better than that of their parents at the same stage in life. This pattern is consistent across surveys taken by the NYT and the GSS since 1994.

Cite this publication: . “Once Again, The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be.” Pew Research Center, Washington, D.C. (May 2, 2006) http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2006/05/02/once-again-the-future-aint-what-it-used-to-be/, accessed on July 23, 2014.

The idea that each generation of children will grow up to be better off than the one that preceded it has always been a part of the American dream.