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PESSIMISM, POLITICAL ACTIVISM BOTH UP ON CAMPUS, ACCORDING TO PLAYBOY/ROPER SURVEY

 PESSIMISM, POLITICAL ACTIVISM BOTH UP ON CAMPUS,
 ACCORDING TO PLAYBOY/ROPER SURVEY
 CHICAGO, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's college students are overwhelmingly pessimistic about the "American Dream" and the direction in which they perceive the country to be headed, yet are almost twice as politically active as their adult counterparts, according to survey results published in the November issue of Playboy magazine (on sale at newsstands now).
 The Mantrack survey, conducted with the renowned Roper Organization, shows that 70 percent of American college students believe that the country is on the wrong track and that an equal proportion of those students feel that attaining the "American Dream" will be harder for their generation than it was for previous generations.
 Specific issues on which student pessimism outweighted optimism include quality of environment, moral standards, education, health-care and the economy.
 At the same time, the Mantrack survey reveals that among these same students, levels of political activism have reached heights "reminiscent of the sixties," according to Playboy. Forty-eight percent of those polled cited political activism as an important part of campus life and 53 percent cited volunteer work as important.
 Playboy's Mantrack feature for November also looks at two groups of government officials -- one that has let men down in recent months, including Sens. Biden and Bradley and Rep. Hyde, and another group that has supported men's interests, including Sens. Dole and Harkin as well as, surprisingly, Vice President Dan Quayle.
 Mantrack also reveals that today almost one out of every six single parents is male (20 percent of whom have never married); that new research on vasectomy may help in the prevention of AIDS; and examines an emerging "man-bashing" affliction it terms "women's magazine syndrome."
 Mantrack is a regular feature of Playboy edited by Stephen Randall.
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