After Trump, Young Americans Are ‘More Hopeful About The Future’, Poll Finds

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Despite living through one of the most politically and racially divisive eras in U.S. history, the youngest of voting-age Americans — especially those of color — appear more hopeful about the country’s future than they were four years ago, a new poll released Friday finds. The Harvard Youth Poll of 2,513 Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 conducted from March 9 to March 22, found them expressing significantly more optimism than in the months after Donald Trump became president. In answer to the question: “At this moment, would you say that you are more hopeful or fearful about the future of America?” 56% said they are “more hopeful,” compared to 31% who answered that way in a 2017 poll. The change from four years ago was particularly dramatic among blacks — 72% compared to just 18% in 2017 — and Hispanics, 69% who said they were “more optimistic” as opposed to 29% previously. By a 2 to 1 margin, young Americans expect their lives to be better under a Biden presidency (40%) than worse (19%).

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