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CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Dec. 17-19, 2010. Adults nationwide.

 

"Looking ahead to next year, are you more hopeful or more fearful about what the new year holds in store for you personally?" N=502 (Form A), MoE 4.5

 
More
hopeful
More
fearful
Both/
Mixed (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

12/17-19/10

64 33 3 1  

12/16-20/09

69 30 1 -  
 

"Looking ahead to next year, are you more hopeful or more fearful about what the new year holds in store for the world in general?" N=506 (Form B), MoE 4.5

 
More
hopeful
More
fearful
Both/
Mixed (vol.)
   
% % %    

12/17-19/10

63 35 2    

12/16-20/09

51 48 1    

 

Gallup Poll. Dec. 10-12, 2010. N=1,019 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

   

"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 the year 2010?"

   
A lot
better
A little
better
The same A little
worse
A lot
worse
Unsure
% % % % % %

12/10-12/10

13 45 21 14 6 1
   

"Do you think the year 2011 will be a lot better, a little better, the same, a little worse, or a lot worse than the year 2010 in terms of [see below]?"

   
A lot
better
A little
better
The same A little
worse
A lot
worse
Unsure
% % % % % %

"The U.S. economy"

12/10-12/10

7 45 21 16 9 2
   

"Your personal financial situation"

12/10-12/10

14 30 39 11 5 1
   

"The way the U.S. is governed"

12/10-12/10

8 34 29 16 11 3

 

Pew Research Center. Dec. 1-5, 2010. N=1,500 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

 

"Looking ahead, so far as you are concerned, do you think that 2011 will be better or worse than 2010?"

 
Better Worse Unsure    
% % %    

12/1-5/10

55 31 14    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Dec. 16-20, 2009. N=507 adults nationwide. MoE 4.5.

 

"Looking ahead to next year, are you more hopeful or more fearful about what the new year holds in store for you personally?"

 
More
hopeful
More
fearful
Both/
Mixed (vol.)
   
% % %    

12/16-20/09

69 30 1    
 

"Looking ahead to next year, are you more hopeful or more fearful about what the new year holds in store for the world in general?"

 
More
hopeful
More
fearful
Both/
Mixed (vol.)
   
% % %    

12/16-20/09

51 48 1    
 

"Some people refer to the next year as 'two thousand and ten' and other people refer to next year as 'twenty ten.' How about you? Are you more likely to say 'two thousand and ten' or 'twenty ten?'"

 
Two thousand
and ten
Twenty ten Other (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

12/16-20/09

69 29 1 1  

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. Dec. 10-14, 2009. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

 

"Looking back at the year 2009, overall would you say this was a good year or a bad year for the COUNTRY?"

 
Good Bad Unsure    
% % %    

12/10-14/09

26 73 1    
 

"And looking back at the year 2009, overall would you say this was a good year or a bad year for YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?"

 
Good Bad Unsure    
% % %    

12/10-14/09

61 38 1    
 

"Overall, are you optimistic or pessimistic about what the year 2010 will bring for the COUNTRY?"

 
Optimistic Pessimistic Unsure    
% % %    

12/10-14/09

72 26 2    
 

"Overall, are you optimistic or pessimistic about what the year 2010 will bring for YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?"

 
Optimistic Pessimistic Unsure    
% % %    

12/10-14/09

82 16 2    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Dec. 11-14, 2009. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1..

 

"Looking ahead to next year, compared with this year do you feel that it will be a much better year for the country, somewhat better, about the same, somewhat worse, or much worse?"

 
Much
better
Somewhat
better
About the
same
Somewhat
worse
Much
worse
Unsure
% % % % % %

12/11-14/09

9 37 27 17 8 2

 

Pew Research Center Poll. Dec. 9-13, 2009. Adults nationwide.

             

"Looking ahead, what's your best guess: For the country as a whole, do you think that the next decade will be better or worse than the current decade?" N=779 (Form 1), MoE 4.5

 
    Better Worse Same (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

12/9-13/09

59 32 4 5  
             

"We're interested in your general impression of recent decades in American history. First, is your impression of the [see below] generally positive, generally negative, or neither in particular?" For those who say they weren't alive then: "Just your general impression of the [see below]?" N=725 (Form 2), MoE 4.5

 
    Generally
positive
Generally
negative
Neither in
particular
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

"1960s"

34 15 42 8  
 
 

"1970s"

40 16 37 7  
 
 

"1980s"

56 12 27 5  
 
 

"1990s"

57 19 22 3  
 
 

"Current decade, from 2000 through 2009"

 

 

27 50 21 2  
             

"Which of the following events would you say was the MOST important of the last decade: [see below]?" If answer given: "And which would you say was the SECOND most important event: [see below]?" Options rotated. N=725 (Form 2), MoE 4.5.

 
        1st choice 2nd choice Combined
        % % %
 

"The nine-eleven terrorist attacks"

53 20 73
 

"Barack Obama's election as president"

16 15 30
 

"The 2008 financial crisis"

12 20 33
 

"George W. Bush's election as president"

6 6 12
 

"The war in Iraq"

5 17 22
 

"Hurricane Katrina"

3 15 18
 

Other (vol.)

1 1 1
 

Unsure

3 3  
 

No first choice

  3  
             

"As I read a list of changes that have taken place, please tell me if you think each one has been a change for the better, a change for the worse, or hasn't made much difference. Has [see below] been a change for the better, a change for the worse, or hasn't this made much difference?"

 
    Change for
the better
Change for
the worse
Not much
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"Cellphones" N=725 (Form 2), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

69 14 11 5  
 
 

"Environmentally conscious or 'green' products" N=725 (Form 2), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

68 7 22 3  
 
 

"Email" N=725 (Form 2), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

65 7 19 9  
 
 

"The internet" N=779 (Form 1), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

65 16 11 8  
 
 

"Increasing racial and ethnic diversity" N=779 (Form 1), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

61 9 25 5  
 
 

"Increasing surveillance and security measures" N=779 (Form 1), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

58 17 21 3  
 
 

"Handheld devices such as Blackberries and iPhones" N=779 (Form 1), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

56 25 12 7  
 
 

"Online shopping" N=725 (Form 2), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

54 15 24 8  
 
 

"More choices in news and entertainment" N=725 (Form 2), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

54 16 27 3  
 
 

"Genetic testing" N=779 (Form 1), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

53 13 22 13  
 
 

"Increasing acceptance of gays and lesbians" N=725 (Form 2), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

38 28 28 6  
 
 

"Social networking sites such as Facebook" N=725 (Form 2), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

35 21 31 12  
 
 

"Cable news talk and opinion shows" N=779 (Form 1), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

34 30 31 5  
 
 

"More people having money in the stock market" N=779 (Form 1), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

31 34 26 9  
 
 

"Internet blogs" N=725 (Form 2), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

29 21 36 14  
 
 

"Reality TV shows" N=779 (Form 1), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

8 63 22 7  
 
 

"More people getting tattoos" N=779 (Form 1), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

7 40 45 8  

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Dec. 8-9, 2009. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

 

"In January, people will have to decide whether to call the year 'two thousand ten' or 'twenty ten' -- a choice we haven't faced in a century. What do you think the year should be called: 'two thousand-ten' or 'twenty ten'?"

 
Two
thousand ten
Twenty ten Something
else (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

12/8-9/09

56 35 1 8  

 

Marist College Marist Poll. Dec. 2, 3 & 7, 2009. N=1,034 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

 

"Thinking about what is ahead for the world in 2010, are you generally more optimistic or more pessimistic?"

 
More
optimistic
More
pessimistic
Unsure  
% % %  

12/2, 3 & 7/09

63 34 3  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Dec. 11-14, 2008. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Looking ahead to next year, are you more hopeful, or more fearful, about what the year 2009 holds in store for you personally?"

.

Hopeful Fearful Unsure
% % %
12/11-14/08 63 35 2
12/7-11/06 73 24 2

12/15-18/05

67 31 2
12/16-19/04 66 30 4
12/03 85 12 4
12/02 63 35 2
12/01 80 16 4

.

"How about for the world in general? Are your more hopeful, or more fearful, about what the year 2009 holds in store for the world in general?"

.

Hopeful Fearful Unsure
% % %
12/11-14/08 54 45 1
12/7-11/06 55 43 2

12/15-18/05

59 40 1
12/16-19/04 54 43 2
12/03 69 27 4
12/02 43 56 1
12/01 62 35 3

.

"Thinking about the next 12 months, would you say you feel optimistic or pessimistic about [see below]?"

.

Optimistic Pessimistic Unsure
% % %

.

"The state of the national economy"

12/11-14/08 48 50 3

12/7-11/06

64 33 3

12/15-18/05

55 44 1

.

"Your own family's financial situation"

12/11-14/08 68 29 2

12/7-11/06

82 16 2

12/15-18/05

73 26 1

.

"The policies Obama will pursue"

12/11-14/08 68 26 6

.

"The situation in Iraq" Half sample (Form A)

12/11-14/08 65 30 5

12/7-11/06

40 57 3

12/15-18/05

54 44 2

.

"The way things are going in this country" Half sample (Form A)

12/11-14/08 51 46 4

12/7-11/06

61 36 2

12/15-18/05

57 42 2

.

"The country's ability to defend itself against terrorist attacks" Half sample (Form B)

12/11-14/08 67 30 3

12/7-11/06

71 27 2

12/15-18/05

65 34 1

.

"The situation in Afghanistan" Half sample (Form B)

12/11-14/08 49 47 4

 

Associated Press-AOL News Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Dec. 12-14, 2006. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"I'm going to read you a list of items that may or may not happen in the year 2007. For each one, please tell me if it is very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely or not at all likely to happen in the year 2007. In 2007, how likely is it that [see below]? Is this very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely or not at all likely to happen in 2007?"

.

Very likely/
Somewhat
likely
Not too
likely/Not
at all likely
Unsure
% % %

"Gas prices will go up"

    12/12-14/06

93 7 1

.

"The U.S. Congress will raise the minimum wage"

    12/12-14/06

81 19 -

.

"Global warming will get worse"

    12/12-14/06

74 25 1

.

"The United States will be hit with a major natural disaster"

    12/12-14/06

70 28 2

.

"Terrorists will attack somewhere in the world with biological or nuclear weapons"

    12/12-14/06

64 35 1

.

"The United States will be hit with a terrorist attack"

    12/12-14/06

61 38 2

.

"A U.S. state will legalize gay marriage"

    12/12-14/06

57 42 1

.

"Bird flu will arrive in the United States"

    12/12-14/06

50 49 2

.

"The United States will go to war with Iran"

    12/12-14/06

40 58 2

.

"A cure for cancer will be found"

    12/12-14/06

35 64 1

.

"The military draft will be reintroduced"

    12/12-14/06

35 64 -

.

"The United States will withdraw its troops from Iraq"

    12/12-14/06

29 71 1

.

"The United States will go to war with North Korea"

    12/12-14/06

26 72 1

.

"Jesus Christ will return to earth"

    12/12-14/06

25 67 8

.

"Scientists will find evidence of extraterrestrial life"

    12/12-14/06

19 79 1

.

"Looking back at the year 2006, overall would you say this was a good year or a bad year for the COUNTRY?"

.

Good year Bad year Unsure
% % %

12/12-14/06

39 58 3

.

"And looking back at the year 2006, overall would you say this was a good year or a bad year for YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?"

.

Good year Bad year Unsure
% % %

12/12-14/06

76 23 1

.

"Overall, are you optimistic or pessimistic about what the year 2007 will bring for the COUNTRY?"

.

Optimistic Pessimistic Unsure
% % %

12/12-14/06

72 24 3

.

"Overall, are you optimistic or pessimistic about what the year 2007 will bring for YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?"

.

Optimistic Pessimistic Unsure
% % %

12/12-14/06

89 9 2

 

Gallup Poll. Dec. 17-19, 2004. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"As I read a series of statements, please tell me which you think is more likely to be true of 2005 . . . ."

.

"A year of economic prosperity, or a year of economic difficulty?"

.

Prosperity Difficulty Unsure
% % %
12/04 44 54 2

.

"A peaceful year, more or less free of international disputes, or a troubled year, with much international discord?"

.

Peaceful Troubled Unsure
% % %
12/04 29 69 2

.

"A year when America will increase its power in the world, or a year when American power will decline?"

.

Increase Decline Unsure
% % %
12/04 51 44 5

21st Century continued

 


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