NEW YORK Aug 2 (Reuters Life!) - Most Americans think the
quality of life for adults under 30 years old, or Generation Y,
won't be as good as it is for their baby-boomer parents,
according to a new poll.
More than 60 percent of people were pessimistic about the
future, and 71 percent of young Americans under 30 said they
would rather go back in time than leap to the future.
"It's interesting how strongly people feel things are
getting worse, and how strongly people are backward looking,"
said Michael Hogan, 35, executive online editor at Vanity Fair
which conducted the survey with CBS News.
"This is a time of high unemployment, people coming out of
school with very few job prospects. The past probably seems
more comforting," he added.
Although the past may seem appealing for young Americans,
only 50 percent of seniors over 65 said they wanted to travel
back in time.
The nationwide poll of 1,167 adults, which included
questions about culture, lifestyle and politics, also revealed
that if given the choice to take anything with them to the
afterlife, 25 percent would take a pet, 47 percent would opt
for a photo album but only nine percent wanted to take an
iPhone or a Blackberry.
"The idea is to ask questions a little more
thought-provoking , more provocative, but using scientific
polling methods" said Hogan. "We're trying to pin down the
Despite romancing the past, people believe in rewarding the
forward-minded. Thirty-three percent of those polled believe
Internet entrepreneurs are most deserving of their large
salaries, followed by 15 percent for sports stars and 12
percent for bankers.
Only eight percent felt movie stars should get the dollars
And despite a recent trip to the United States, more than
three-quarters of people questioned could not identity David
Cameron as the prime minister of Great Britain. Twenty seven
percent might have confused him with "Avatar" director James
Cameron when they thought he was a movie director.
The full results of the poll, which are published in Vanity
Fair, can be found on 60MINUTES.com and VF.com.