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Millennials When it comes to the future of the world, 79 percent of young people in lower- and middle-income countries are optimistic, while just half of those in higher-income countries say they are. Photo: Shutterstock)

It sounds almost counter-intuitive, considering headlines on everything from student loan debt to low-paying jobs, but young people across the world—particularly those in lower- and middle-income countries—are actually more optimistic than their elders.

So says the Goalkeepers Global Youth Poll from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Ipsos Public Affairs. The poll, which asked adults and young people in 15 countries about their outlook on their personal lives, challenges for their communities, and the direction of their countries, chose countries in each income range based on World Bank rankings.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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