Americans Predict Life in 2050

A week ago, the Pew Research Center for People and the Press released a poll asking Americans to predict life in 2050. The results reveled a mix of optimism, pessimism and an overwhelming belief that things will change -- both for the better and for the worse -- over the course of the next forty years. Overall, an impressive 61% describe themselves as optimistic about the future of the United States, though that is down substantially from 70% eleven years ago. Similarly 64% are optimistic about the future of themselves and their families, down from 81% in 1999.

Different media outlets have focused on different aspects of the poll, with a bemused international media noting that 41% of Americans expect the Second Coming in the near future. The Associated Press sees general optimism, but also notes that it is much reduced from the heady days of the late 1990s. On many issues, the young are the most pessimistic, predicting a warmer future, and one threatened by World War.
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