A new poll shows that most Americans believe it's unlikely children will have a better life than their parents.

A new poll conducted by Gallup last month has found that less than half of Americans think today’s youth will have a better life than their parents. Only 44% responded that this was likely, the first time the figure has been below 50% and the lowest on record for the poll, which has been carried out intermittently since 1983.

Forty-four percent of Americans believe it is likely that today’s youth will have a better life than their parents, even fewer than said so amid the 2008-2009 recession, and the lowest on record for a trend dating to 1983.

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