Members of Gen Z — despite the pandemic, social strife and widespread mental health struggles — are surprisingly optimistic about their future.
Why it matters: Gen Z’s view of itself couldn’t be more different than everyone else’s view of Gen Z.
Driving the news: Members of the age group — born between 1997 and 2011 — overwhelmingly felt positive about their futures, according to Gallup data released on Thursday.
State of play: 76% of Gen Z surveyed said “they have a great future ahead of them,” but just 44% reported feeling prepared for it.
Zoom in: Black Gen Z members reported the most optimism regarding the future and their job prospects.
The intrigue: Members of Gen Z feel they’re lacking support networks for entering and navigating it.
Between the lines: It’s normal in modern adolescence not to have all goals figured out quite yet.
Methodology: The poll is based on a web survey of 3,114 12- to 26-year-olds living in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. It was from conducted April 24-May 8, 2023, and has a margin of error of 2.6%.