Poll: Students optimistic despite money doubts

April 18, 2011 4:35:42 AM PDT
A new poll finds that most Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 expect tougher economic times than their parents faced. More than 4 in 10 of the young people polled by The Associated Press and Viacom predict it will be tougher to raise a family and afford the lifestyle they want. And a majority expect to have a harder time buying a house and saving for retirement than their parents did.

Only about one-fourth expect things to be easier for them than the previous generation.

Still, they overwhelmingly say they're happy with their lives, much more so than older folks in similar surveys. A whopping 90 percent expect to find careers that will bring them happiness, if not wealth.