Washington (CNN) - Americans are looking forward to the new year with much more optimism about the state of the world than they did a year ago, according to a new national poll. But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Friday also indicates Americans' optimism regarding their own personal lives is down a bit from last year.
Sixty-three percent of people questioned in the poll say they are hopeful about what the new year holds in store for the world in general, up 12 points from last December, with 35 percent saying they are fearful, down 13 points.
"On the home front, Americans are just as optimistic, with 64 percent saying they are hopeful about their own personal lives in the new year," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But that number is down from 69 percent who felt that way 12 months ago."
The survey indicates a gender gap, with seven out of ten men saying they are optimistic about the state of the world in 2011, 11 points higher than the 59 percent of women who say they feel optimistic. And according to the poll, Democrats and Republicans are more positive about the state of the world in the new year than independent voters.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted December 17-19, with 1,008 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
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Yeah, right. Gas is going up well over $3.00 and with that, the price of staples,(milk, bread, etc.) right along with health insurance reates. Congress gave itself a raise, for what? I guess they needed the money more than those of Social Security did. This post could go on and on and on. I will end it by saying,"The hell with the governement". Neither party has a clue about the average person. Even those who represent us here in MN. I have talked to a couple of them. Talk about being in the dark. Bend over, it is only going to get worse.
There's just so much to be optmistic about, perpetual war without a purpose, a great job outlook, a country and a congress full of people who want to reform government spending, but don't understand that huge cuts to defense spending OR a huge tax hike would be necessary to balance the budget...
Hey! You're cherry picking the same weeks-old poll in multiple articles for tidbits to feed to the left-wing propaganda machine. Most people are probably now generally more optimistic, then again, most people are not left-wing elitists. The elitists, on the other hand, must be pretty sad and bitter right now. Especially the ones working for left-wing media outlets – their fortunes are sinking with the millstones the rest of us recently cast off from around our necks.