(CNSNews.com) - A majority of Americans believe 2011 will be a better overall year than 2010 and that the
In fact, according to Gallup, 55 percent of Americans believe their personal financial situation will stay the same in the coming year--or get worse.
Nor are Americans optimistic that their country will be governed better in 2011 than it was in 2010, according to the poll.
In polling done Dec. 10-12, Gallup asked 1,019 American adults: “Overall, do you think the year 2011 will be a lot better, a little better, the same, a little worse, or a lot worse than 2010?”
A combined 58 percent said they thought that 2011 would be an overall better year than 2010, with 13 percent saying it would be a lot better, 45 percent saying it would be a little better. Another 21 percent, meanwhile, said 2011 would be the same as 2010, while 14 percent said it would be a little worse and 6 percent saying it would be a lot worse.
A majority of Americans were optimistic about the overall economy just as they were optimistic about the overall year. A combined 52 percent said they thought 2011 would be a better year than 2010 for the
Despite the modest majority that said the
Fifty-five percent said their personal financial situation would be the same or worse in 2011, with 39 percent saying it would be the same, 11 percent saying it would be a little worse and 5 percent saying it would be a lot worse.
Similarly, 56 percent said the way the U.S. is governed in 2011 will be the same or worse than it was governed in 2010, with 29 percent saying it would be the same, 16 percent saying it would be a little worse and 11 percent saying it would be a lot worse.
Democrats are far more likely than Republican, according to the
Seventy-one percent of Democrats said they think that “overall” 2011 will better than 2010, while 14 percent of Democrats think it will be the same and 13 percent think it will be worse. Only 48 percent of Republicans, meanwhile, think that 2011 will be an overall better year than 2010, while 29 percent think it will be the same and 23 percent think it will be worse.
Forty-eight percent of Republicans also say they think the
Similarly, 45 percent of Democrats say they think the