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The State of our State

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A new Sienna Research Institute poll reveals how New Yorkers perceive the future of the younger generation. A large majority believes that young people will graduate from high school, however, only half of those polled believe they will obtain a college degree.

Only 4 in 10 see younger New Yorkers obtaining a good job, as well as one third of them see it as "almost certain" and "very likely" that an average young person will abuse alcohol and drugs.

Hispanic and African American New Yorkers believe younger people will go through more negative life changes, like gang memberships, drug and alcohol abuse, and having an incarcerated family member. Whereas white residents believe these life changes to be less likely.