So what are millennials really thinking?
1. Helping others is not a top priority - "only 22% of Millennials valued helping others as the most important factor in their personal American Dream," which was "the lowest reported among any age group."
2. More interested in money - "Millennials were the group that placed the most importance on having a job that paid well, with 46% saying that was crucial to their attainment of the American Dream. Penn said everyone wants to attain financial security and maintain a world-life balance," it's just that millennials are "more 'direct' than others about their futures and pressuring employers for better wages."
3. A life of luxury - "Millennials placed the most importance of the age groups polled on luxury items, with 32% saying having luxury items were crucial to their attainment of the American Dream." The top goals? "traveling to other countries, owning a nice car, having the latest technology and belong[ing] to exclusive organizations."
4. Having kids is important - "Twenty percent of Millennials said this was an integral part of their American Dream," yet it "might not translate into them actually having children," which remains "an open question."
5. Millennials believe in themselves - "31% said they thought the American Dream was alive and well," compared to 17% of "participants between the ages of 51 and 64."