More than half of teens in a new survey by Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU) believe the nation is headed in the wrong direction—surprising news from a generational cohort often described as carefree and optimistic, says TRU.
According to the survey of teens aged 12 to 18, 53% say the country is on the wrong track, while only 18% say the nation is headed in the right direction.
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TRU Trends Director, Rob Callender, says “For many teens, 2005 was a year plagued by disasters—both natural and manmade. Although the tsunami in Southeast Asia technically took place in 2004, teens generally listed that tragedy as the introduction to a year of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, floods, and fears of global pandemics. Political controversy and stories of high-level corruption haven’t done anything to reassure teens, either.”
“Optimism and faith in the future are integral parts of the teen mindset,” Callender says. In a follow-up Omnibuzz survey…
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