2012: Optimistic or pessimistic?
When we asked Americans whether they are optimistic or pessimistic about the year ahead, optimism topped pessimism by a 52%-33% margin.
Democrats and younger people were more optimistic than older people, independents, and Republicans.
Sixty-three percent of 18-29 year olds say they’re optimistic about 2012. That optimism was shared by 49% of 65+ year olds and 50% of 45-64 year olds.
Along partisan lines, 67% of Democrats say they are optimistic about 2012 – a view shared by only 42% of independents and 49% of Republicans. Those pessimistic: 42% of independents, 38% of Republicans, and 19% of Democrats.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,133 registered voters nationwide was conducted December 15, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
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