Poll shows Americans feel optimism about the new year

A recent poll shows that though some people don’t feel that confident about their personal finances, others say that 2010 will be a good year for their families.

The Associated Press-GfK poll shows that 82 percent of respondents felt “optimistic” toward what 2010 will provide for their families. However, about two-thirds of respondents think that the personal finances of their families will stay the same or get worse during the year.

“The poll found that nearly three-fourths of Americans think 2009 was a bad year for the country, which was rocked by job losses, home foreclosures and economic sickness,” the AP stated. “Forty-two percent rated it ‘very bad.'”

The last time the poll was taken was in 2006, when 58 percent of respondents said the country had suffered a “bad year,” while 39 percent said it had been a “good year.”

As Americans continue to try and deal with economic difficulties, other surveys show that some don’t feel the worst is behind the nation. According to a poll from StrategyOne, 45 percent of respondents said they felt the economy will get worse.