Poll: Black Teens More Optimistic Than Peers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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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.

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