*A poll released last week by Hamilton College in Clinton, New York found that African American teenagers, aged 15 to 18, are more optimistic than their white counterparts that their standard of living will higher than that of their parents.

In fact, 70 percent of Black teens expected to have a higher standard of living than their parents compared to only 36 percent of white teens who felt the same way.

The poll results reflect a similar recent finding by the Harvard Institute of Politics which surveyed young Black 18 to 29 years of age. Some researchers are referring to the greater optimism among young Black as the “Obama Effect.”

They say Blacks were more positively impacted by the 2008 election of the nation’s first African American president than other groups. (Taylor Media Services – www.blacknewsjournal.com)