A new survey of Americans ages 18 to 34 by The New York Times and CNN found that Americans were more pessimistic than they had been a decade earlier, and that millennials were more likely than older generation adults to say they were pessimistic about themselves.
The survey of 1,001 adults ages 18 and older from October 26 to 30 found that 41 percent of Americans said they were more or less pessimistic about whether their future was good, up from 41 percent in 2012.
The number was down from 41% in 2010, the last time the poll was conducted.
That decline is consistent with other recent surveys, including the Pew Research Center’s annual report on optimism.
In December, Pew Research found that nearly one-third of Americans believe their future is “not very likely to improve.”
That figure has not changed since 2011, according to Pew Research.
And while optimism about their future rose in 2016, it was still less than half of Americans in the poll said they would be “very optimistic” about their chances of staying in the workforce and their families.
In fact, the survey found that only 18 percent of adults said they’d be “extremely optimistic” to keep their jobs.
And that number fell from 29 percent in 2015, according the Pew report.
The poll found that more than three-quarters of Americans, 77 percent, said they are “not optimistic” that the economy will improve in the next two years.
The new data comes as President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are attempting to pass a budget that would cut social safety net programs for the poor, elderly and disabled, and raise taxes on the middle class and the wealthy.
The GOP also has proposed a budget blueprint that would slash domestic spending and raise corporate taxes.
The budget also includes an increase in the minimum wage and other social spending that have been controversial during the campaign.
In addition, the House and Senate both passed a budget last week that would gut the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget and replace it with a $15 per hour minimum wage.
That would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2024, which is a proposal that has been met with bipartisan support.
The Times and the CNN survey surveyed 1,002 adults by landline and cell phone from Oct. 25 to 28, and the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.