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Axios has a story about a new Pew Research study suggesting that “across the board, a majority of Americans expect that the standard of living will fall by 2050, health care will be less affordable and people will be forced to work into their 70s.”

In addition, the survey says that two thirds of Americans believe that country will get more politically divided … 60 percent believe that the United States will be less important in the world … and 73 percent believe the gap between rich and poor will grow.

The survey also concludes that “60% think that a terrorist attack as bad or worse than 9/11 will happen in the next 30 years … 77% worry about whether public schools will be able to provide a quality education to future students … 85% said that by the time they retire they expect to receive no benefits or less benefits from Social Security … (and) 82% said robots and computers will probably or definitely do much of the work performed by humans today.”

Pew says that “more than half say that the elderly outnumbering children in the U.S. will be bad for the country, and the majority say that responsibility for their care will fall on family members and older people themselves.”

And yet … 56 percent of those surveyed said they were optimistic about the nation’s future.
KC's View:
It is a little hard to believe that the same people who are so pessimistic about specific things would be overall hopeful about the nation’s future.

You can count me among the people who think the fabric of society is pretty much unraveling, and that much of the world, in the words of Raymond Chandler, is “as hollow and empty as the spaces between the stars.”