December 31st, 2009
09:00 AM ET
11 months ago

Poll: Americans less hopeful about future

Confetti rains down on New York's Times Square on January 1, 2009.
Confetti rains down on New York's Times Square on January 1, 2009.

(CNN) - Americans will usher in the new decade less hopeful than they were at the dawn of the millennium in 2000, says a new national poll.

In 1999, 85 percent of Americans surveyed said they were hopeful about their own future, and 68 percent said they were hopeful for what the New Year boded for the world.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Thursday found 69 percent of Americans hopeful for their future, and 51 percent hopeful for the world.

Full poll results [PDF]

The survey polled 1,160 Americans. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Pam in Florida

    I'm hopeful...

    December 31, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Grundoon

    Yeah, that was pre-Bush. Nobody could predict the disaster he would inflict upon the nation. For the record, I am hopeful about our future now that there's a new sherrif in town.

    December 31, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Scott, Tucson

    How can one have any hope when our government on every level is trying to impose new fees or taxes on us so to feed their insatiable appetite to steal and spend our money.

    December 31, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. katiec

    Your headline should have read, people more optimistic on future ten years ago.
    Our country is slowly moving back. We all need to have patience.'

    December 31, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. FM

    The last thing in life is to lose hope. Once you are in that situation, then count yourself that you are living in a different planet.
    Good! that 85% are still hopeful in their own future life! This will help them to move on and not slip to another planet! Good luck and we still need you all!

    December 31, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Scott B

    that's what 8 years of W did to our hopes and dreams

    December 31, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Zion

    Americans need God in their lives. God is trying to show us that our priorities have been misplaced. Stop banking your happiness on what human beings can offer.

    December 31, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    I feel a lot better about the future than I did 2 years ago. Having endured 8 years of the Bush/Cheney debacle, I feel we are now turning the corner, and America is getting back on the right track. The only thing the insignificant party of "No!" can hope for is that voters will buy into their message of doom and gloom.

    But, good things are happening: the stimulus is working, durable goods orders are up, car sales are up, housing sales and housing starts are up, the unemployment numbers are leveling off, there is hope for 45 million uninsured Americans, we appear to have quit being at war with the entire world, we will soon be out of Iraq, and we will address climate change.

    Happy New Year everyone, and God Bless our President and the United States of America.

    December 31, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. billy123

    I agree I have no hope at all. I am unemployed and have lost everything. I have to cash in my 401-K just to stay a float. My 401-K plan has just about gone and still no job. I have applied for over 100 plus jobs. I have had to sell my car, move out from my home too.

    I am real close to living on the street what has happen to this country?

    December 31, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. jp,michigan

    After the incident on Christmas Day, here in Detroit. I am more fearful something big is about to happen. The administration is to lax on security measures. There is more in house fighting and blame calling ( FBI and CIA) then preventing this kind of situation. Presidedent Obama better take a new look at his National Security Head ( Janet N.) she knows about as much as I do about security, which is none. American have no jobs, loosing their homes, can't feed their children now have to worry about a terrorist attack, no wonder Obama never comes to Michigan with his rhetoric, which really have shown no real solutions to any thing.

    December 31, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Liberal wingnut

    Who isn't with Obama running things.

    December 31, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. Fed Up

    Next year there will be even less that are hopeful. Oh wait, they won't be counted though. It's like the Americans that are unemployed that aren't counted because they are no longer eligible.

    December 31, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. blame game

    Thank you Obama.

    December 31, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. Fitz In Texas

    With this administration why would anyone be hopeful about the future.

    December 31, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Vietnam Combat Veteran, Ohio

    Gee, there is so much to be hopeful for!!! Lousy health care bill, no jobs, worthless Senators (all 100 of them), the list goes on and on. The one thing I am most hopeful for, is that we vote out all of the senators and congressmen and start all over with new ones. Ones that care about us. Well, there goes another waste of my time.

    December 31, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Mike

    With nobama and the demorats taxing and spending there is no hope for this country until at least the elections in 2010 and 2012 when I am sure there will be a change in the landscape in DC when alot of the tax and spenders will be sent home.

    December 31, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. unemployed by Obama

    NoOne trusts Obama or his Administration, its time for all Americans to protect themselves from the National Obama Socialist Regime in Washington.

    December 31, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. ggaryy

    Until President Obama and the Democrats stop the politics, the deficit spending and takes the war on islamic extremism and terrorism seriously we don't have much hope for the future....things will get better after the next election.

    December 31, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Silence Dogoode

    I am optimistic that in 3 years things will look much better when we rid the federal government with the vermin infesting it right now...we the voters will separate the "wheat" from the "chaff"....

    December 31, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. haren

    This poll taking is too much.
    How about governing this country according to polls and pass the bill and change the same, if poll changes month after month.
    This is nothing but sheer stupidity.
    2010 will burry the republican deep in the grave, so that they will never raised their ugly head again.

    December 31, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Kevin in Ohio

    In 2000, we had hope...... the end of the Clinton era was near. In 2010, any hope for improvement is still three years away.

    December 31, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Gale

    With the type of leadership we have in our Congress, it is very hard to have much hope for future. Some of them put more value on how they are addressed as to helping the working population. Most of them are to busy feathering their own nest to care what happens to the American public. Do they really h ave any idea how much they are despised? And yet they keep on stealing, cheating, and bickering among themselves. I hope 2010 brings an end to these kinds of politicians!

    December 31, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. Scottish Mama

    What 8 long years will tear down in a great country.

    December 31, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Lisa in FL

    Well, of course most of us were extremely optimistic and hopeful at the turn of the millenium in 1999. That was before the fraudulent and horrible mistake of the election of W and Dick in 2000, (and subsequently, stupidly re-elected them in 2004) who not only nearly destroyed the United States of America with their lies and greed, but almost brought down the entire economic system worldwide. Which, I might add, I predicted in 1999 that if those two idiots got elected, they would do severe damage to this country. Let us not forget that W and his oil, money grabbing cronies (aka Halliburton) had their plan to execute it in Iraq way before 9/11 and W had business experience alright....he drove the oil company his "daddy" gave him right into the ground, just like he did with the US of A. Happy New Year and Happy New Decade to all!

    December 31, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |