Most Americans Feel Things Are Slightly Better Than Last Year, Here's Why

As we take on a new year, would you say we're doing better or worse than last year?

Well, more Americans say things in the country are going better than they did at the start of 2022, according to new research.

A new survey of more than 21-hundred U.S. adults by CBS News finds that most people’s assessments of the country are slightly better than they were last year.

The poll reveals:

  • Ratings on the economy, while not good, are still higher than before the midterm elections. In June of 2022, only 22% said the economy was good, and now that’s up to 34%.
  • Americans feel very positive and optimistic about the fight against COVID, which is a big change from the beginning of 2022. In January 2022, only 36% felt the way the U.S. was dealing with COVID was going well, but that’s up to 66% now.
  • People are also feeling more positive about the job market, with 63% of respondents saying they’re optimistic about jobs in their community.
  • Americans are less optimistic about the stock market (41%), the economy (40%), extreme weather and climate (47%) and peace & stability in the world (37%).
  • When asked how their families are doing financially now compared to a year ago, 43% say they’re worse off, 42% say they’re about the same, while 15% feel they’re better off now.
  • As for how respondents feel about things in the U.S. over the next year, it’s about an even mix of hopeful (47%) and scared (49%) with much fewer feeling angry (22%) and a few even feeling excited (11%).

Source: CBS News

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