Optimism high globally for a better 2014: Poll

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Patricia Reaney, REUTERS

, Last Updated: 11:29 AM ET

Most people around the world are optimistic that 2014 will be better than last year and that the global economy will be stronger, according to a poll.

76% of people in 23 countries questioned by the global research company Ipsos said they had high hopes for the new year, slightly more than in 2013. About half said last year was not great for them and their families.

"People are excited for the new year. I think they still have a bad taste left in their mouths from 2013, with the slim majority saying it was a bad year for them and their families and people a bit worried about the economy," Keren Gottfried, a senior research manager for Ipsos said in an interview on Monday.

But the overall optimism, she added, "shows people want to look at the world with the glass half-full."

The poll, which was released on Friday, determined that 53% of people around the world believe the global economy will be more robust in 2014, with the sentiment strongest in India, China and Indonesia and weakest in Sweden, France and Italy.

Spaniards, Argentineans, Hungarians and Mexicans were the most likely to say last year was disappointing, while the numbers were the lowest in Australia, Indonesia and Sweden, where 42% or fewer people had a lousy 2013.

The poll showed personal New Year's resolutions were popular in most countries, particularly Indonesia, Argentina, Turkey, Brazil and South Africa where 90% or more people made them, compared with 56 percent in Hungary and 38% in Sweden.

Gottfried views the numbers as an indication that people are making resolutions because they want to make things better and are starting the year with excitement.

 


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