LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Ruth Perez-Pico a Navy veteran who served in the 1990's brought her son Nathan Pico, 5, to place red flowers on the markers to honor Veterans Day at Los Angeles National Cemetery. Ruth said "I used to bring my older son as a Boy Scout to place flags on the markers but they don't allow that because of Covid, so I brought Nathan to honor the Veterans this time." Los Angeles National Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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.


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.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points

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