Indebted And Dubious Of Attaining American Dream

November 10, 2011 | | The Huffington Post |

According to a national poll released Wednesday afternoon, many young Americans share the frustration felt by Johnson.

majority of the 18-to-34-year-olds surveyed perceived a college degree as a more vital component of their own chances for success than it was for their parents. But, many are also simultaneously finding the cost of college increasingly burdensome.

"Young adults today are the first generation facing downward economic mobility compared to their parents' generation," said Tamara Draut, vice president of policy and programs for Demos. "As job quality has declined for all but those with college degrees, higher education is too often a debt-for-diploma system that puts an immediate obstacle in front of new graduates as they start their working lives."

The Institute for College Access & Success, Demos and Young Invincibles commissioned Wednesday's national, bipartisan survey, conducted by Lake Research Partners and Bellwether Research and Consulting. Between Sept. 25 and Oct. 4, the survey sampled 872 young adults between the ages of 18 to 34.

The Institute for College Access and Success is a nonprofit working to make higher education more affordable; Demos is a non-partisan research and advocacy organization working for greater levels of civic engagement; and Young Invincibles is a national youth organization working to mobilize and expand opportunity for young Americans.