I can remember the disappointment many Americans had when they were not able to publically celebrate News Years Eve, 2020, an exclamation mark for a year of COVID restrictions.
Even with the 2020 elections still being contested by millions of Trump supporters at the start of the year, the overall hope for a majority of Americans was 2021 would be much better than 2020.
Well, following a year of a Biden administration, half of Americans are calling 2021 the “worst year of their lives so far.”
The survey of 1,000 adults — conducted by OnePoll on Dec. 13 — aimed to get an “end of year reflection” on many subjects and found that 53 percent feel 2021 has been a very unpleasant year for them. However, seven in 10 still have high hopes that 2022 will be an improvement over the previous year.
Millennials (ages 25 to 40) are the most dismissive of 2021, with 66 percent saying it was a tough year. Sixty-two percent of Gen Zers (ages 18 to 24) and 43 percent of Gen Xers (ages 41 to 56) also shared that 2021 wasn’t their best year. Meanwhile, 56 percent of boomers (ages 57+) disagreed entirely.
When asked about their overall outlook on life, nearly eight in 10 respondents (78 percent) describe themselves as optimists. Another 61 percent also identified themselves as idealists, who “envision things as they could be,” while 19 percent prefer to be realists, who “see things as they are.”
The study also put parenting under the microscope and found that being a mom or dad was even more hectic in 2021 than last year. However, three-quarters (73%) of parents are optimistic they’ll make up for lost time with their children in 2022.
On the bright side, nearly seven in 10 of all those polled feel optimistic they’ll get a better job in 2022 (68%) and a similar percentage of workers feel confident they’ll get a raise or promotion at their current employer next year (67%).
With Biden’s poll numbers collapsing and the odds of the GOP taking back the U.S. Congress in the 2022 midterms increasing, I am cautiously optimistic 2022 will be much better than 2021.
This story syndicated with permission from Eric Thompson – Trending Politics