Thursday, April 29, 2010
A new survey finds that black high school students are more optimistic about the future than their peers.
A poll released Thursday by Hamilton College shows that 70% of black students ages 15 to 18 believe that their standard of living will be better than their parents.
That compares to just 36% of white students, and 39% overall.
Those numbers and the level of optimism among black students appear to be closely tied to enthusiasm for President Barack Obama.
Asked about the president's performance, more than two-thirds of black students rated it as "good" or "very good," compared with 23% of white students.
Overall, about a quarter of the students who were surveyed rated the president highly.