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Americans Think Kids' Self-Esteem Higher Than Actual Achievement

Americans believe young people in this country are more likely to think highly of themselves than their academic performance merits.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 31% of American Adults think young people in America have higher self-esteem than young people in most other countries. Twenty-four percent (24%) say they have lower self-esteem, while 29% feel their level of self-esteem is about the same as that of young people elsewhere. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 8-9, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 8-9, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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