National Public Radio and social researchers say that while most Blacks have obvious concerns about the future, they are satisfied with their lives overall.

The study, released on June 4, was created from a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health surveying more than 1,000 African Americans.

Over half of Blacks say their lives have gotten better in recent years, according to the study and 86 percent reported to be satisfied with their overall lives. Even though the unemployment rate in America for Blacks rose to 13.5 percent in May 2013, according to the federal Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the poll shows nearly 60 percent believe they will achieve the “American Dream” of financial security and home ownership.

Unlike many other reports in recent years stating that Black women feel there is a lack of Black men looking for romantic partners, the NPR study shows 43 percent of Black men were looking for long-term relationships as opposed to only 25 percent of Black women.

The report goes on to critique Blacks perception of their children’s school system, their living conditions, religion, financial status, personal healthcare and a variety of other issues.

In a article published by NPR, Robert Blendon, professor of public health at Harvard, said the report is contradictory to other studies of life perception during a tough economic climate. He said traditionally, people are less optimistic about their lives during financial strife.

Blendon continued that while people seem more satisfied, they are likely to become anxious about the future.

“They’re very fearful of losing their jobs and very fearful of getting stuck with a very large medical bill if they get sick,” he told NPR.

Findings from the study give way to a new series on NPR “The View From Black America,” detailing the plight of Blacks and their perceptions of themselves in the ever-changing America.


Krishana Davis

AFRO Staff Writers