Poll: Americans mix of optimism and pessimism into new year
WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Most Americans are optimistic about their family's future heading into the new year but at the same time, many are also cautious about what lies ahead when it comes to finances and foreign policy.
In an Associated Press-GfK poll, 82 percent say they are optimistic about what 2010 will bring for them and their loved ones.
But nearly two-thirds think their family finances will stay about the same or worsen. And fewer than half think the nation's economy will improve over the next year.
Nearly three-fourths of those surveyed agreed 2009 was a bad year for the nation, thanks to unemployment, the slow economy recovery and home foreclosures. That's compared with 2006 when only 58 percent reported feeling pessimistic about the past year.
And when it comes to the war against terror, 67 percent think the situation in Afghanistan will stay the same or get worse.
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