Poll: Most Californians say young people should move to find better opportunities

A majority of Californians said they would advise young people to leave their communities in search of more opportunities, according to a recently released Public Religion Research Institute poll.

Sixty-four percent of Californians in the survey said they would recommend young residents look for opportunities elsewhere, while 34 percent said they would encourage them to stay in their communities.

"You see so much that people struggle to do that," Morning Consult Executive Editor Anna Yukhananov told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."

"If you don't have the family support..and you can't afford the rent and a new place, where are you going to go?" she said.

The survey, which was released on Monday, also found that 47 percent of California workers said they struggle with poverty, compared with 53 percent who said they don't.

The poll showed negative sentiments among Californians about the American Dream, and doubts that hard work leads to success.

Forty-seven percent of respondents said they still believe in the American Dream of working hard to get ahead.

PRRI research director Dan Cox said on "What America's Thinking" that the survey provides a more in-depth look at how the economy is affecting Americans at a local level.

"This study, I think, highlights a significant disconnect between perceptions of the economy nationally and what's going on in the lives of working Americans," Cox said.

— Julia Manchester