(Via Politico) It’s been an awful year, but the vast majority of Americans are optimistic about 2012, a new poll Thursday shows.
Overall, 62 percent of those surveyed say they’re optimistic about what 2012 will bring for the country, according to the Associated Press-GfK survey. And for themselves and their families, Americans are even more positive, with 78 percent telling pollsters they are personally hopeful about the year ahead.
And 79 percent of Americans who say things have seemed better in the past months in terms of the economy are optimistic about the country’s financial state in 2012, while half of those polled who say things are getting worse feel good about 2012.
Meanwhile, six in 10 of those who say they don’t trust either party to handle the economy say they are pessimistic about the country’s prospects in 2012, the poll found.
Looking back, most Americans say 2011 was a bad year for the country, although Democrats had a more positive view of the past 12 months than Republicans, according to a new poll Thursday.
Democrats had a more positive perspective than Republicans and independents about 2011, with 40 percent of Democrats calling it a good year, the AP-GfK poll found.
Both parties see 2012 as a chance for political success: Three-quarters of Democrats say they believe President Barack Obama will win reelection in November, while three-quarters of Republicans think he’ll lose.
Looking back on 2011, a whopping 68 percent of Americans surveyed say 2011 was a bad year for the United States, with just 29 percent calling it a good one.
The Associated Press-GfK poll surveyed 1,000 adults Dec. 8-12. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.