The public is more pessimistic than optimistic about various aspects of American life.
Here is how they feel about a few items.
|The moral and ethical standards in our country||63%||16%||16%|
|Our country’s ability to ensure racial equality for all people||59%||20%||17%|
|The Institution of marriage and the family||40%||25%||29%|
White adults, older adults, and Republicans are more pessimistic about the institution of marriage and the family.
About half of adults say fewer children being raised by two married parents will have a negative impact on the U.S. in the future.
|Fewer children being raised by 2 married parents||49||11||39|
|More couples living together without being married||29||15||55|
|People getting married later in life||9||34||57|
About 52% of Republicans and 23% of Democrats say fewer people getting married will have a negative impact on the future of the country.
By the close, Beyonce’s 56 show Renaissance World Tour will have generated $4.5 billion for the American economy, about as much as the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. [NYT 10/1/23]
The novelist Larry McMurtry (“The Last Picture Show”) died in 2021 at age 84, spent every morning writing. He averaged five to ten pages a day, every day, his entire life. [NYT 10/1/23]
The following was created by Gerry Kauvar.
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May I have a student on loan?
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No requirement to study by golly.
Your sororities and fraternities
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Your athletic teams may as well,
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