AP-NORC poll: Teens cynical about politics, yet many remain hopeful

Today’s teens are tomorrow’s voters, helping to shape the political trajectory of the country. So what do young Americans see when they look to the future?

A new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey of teens ages 13-17 presents a complex picture. Like adults, many teenagers are pessimistic about the current situation: Just 16 percent say they believe the federal government is looking out for the interests of all Americans, while 8 in 10 say Americans are divided on important issues. At the same time, teenagers are uniquely optimistic about the possibilities of the future, with 56 percent indicating that America’s best days are ahead.

Amid concerns about disillusionment and undue influence on the political process, from fake news to hacking allegations, today’s teens provide some with a thread of hope. America’s youth are engaged and increasingly media-savvy – traits they will carry into adulthood, observers…

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