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WASHINGTON — Ready to ring in the new year, Americans look ahead with optimism, according to a new AP-Times Square New Year’s Eve poll. Their ratings of the year gone by? Less than glowing.
What the public thought of 2013:
GOOD YEAR OR GOOD RIDDANCE?
On the whole, Americans rate their own experience in 2013 more positively than negatively, but when asked to assess the year for the United States or the world at large, things turn sour.
— All told, 32% say 2013 was a better year for them than 2012, while 20% say it was worse and 46% say the two years were really about the same. Young people were more apt to see improvement: 40 % of people under age 30 called 2013 a better year than 2012, compared with 25 % of people age 65 or older.
— The public splits evenly on how the year turned out for the country, 25% saying it was better than 2012, 25% saying it was worse. As with most questions about the state of affairs in the U.S. these days, there’s a sharp partisan divide. Democrats are more apt to say the U.S. turned out better in 2013 than 2012 (37%) than are Republicans (17%).
— Thinking about the world at large, 30% say 2013 was worse than 2012, while just 20% say it was better.
But the outlook for the new year is positive: 49% think their own fortunes will improve in 2014, 14 % are anticipating the new year to be a downgrade from the old: 34% say they don’t expect much to change.