This optimism, however, is tempered by the fact that two in three teenagers (66 per cent) feel highly pressured and stressed about life after high school.
Other interesting findings include:
-- Half (51 per cent) of the teenagers surveyed are optimistic about Canada's future, while 35 per cent are unsure. Nineteen per cent are pessimistic about the country's future.-- Forty-one per cent are optimistic about their ability to influence Canada's future, while 39 per cent are neutral and 19 per cent are pessimistic.-- More than eight in ten (84 per cent) are confident in their ability to meet whatever challenges the future brings.-- Eighty-two per cent have faith in their ability to influence positive change.-- Nine in ten (91 per cent) think that social engagement is important to improving our quality of life.-- Ninety-two per cent believe that influencing positive change in communities should be a priority for all Canadians, including teenagers.-- Ninety-three per cent think that individuals have the power to shape the future if they choose to get involved.-- Almost eight in ten (78 per cent) believe they are personally responsible for creating a better future.
When it comes to responsibility for positive social change, the majority of teenagers believe that social media has an important role to play.
"Fifty-six per cent of the teenagers think that social media organizations are responsible, along with governments, corporations and educators, for building a better future," notes MacDonald. "Today's teenagers appear set to put their generation's unique stamp on influencing change."
The Big Brothers Big Sisters and MasterCard Youth Optimism Survey was conducted by Ipsos Reid between March 5th and March 11th, 2013. For this survey, a sample of 502 Canadian teenagers, aged 16-19, from Ipsos' Canadian online panel was interviewed online. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the survey is accurate to within +/- 5 percentage points had all Canadian teenagers, aged 16-19, been polled.
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