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Americans Are Optimistic About 2009 — Are You?

Despite the recession and shaky economy, most Americans are optimistic about what lies ahead in 2009. A new poll shows expectations for better conditions were higher among younger generations with 64 percent of those under 45 having an optimistic view.

Younger Americans were more likely to adopt New Year's resolutions as well. More than half of those aged 45 or younger plan to adopt lifestyle changes next year, compared with 29 percent of those 45 or older.

Last week, CitizenSugar readers shared suggestions for America's New Year's resolutions, with an emphasis on fixing the economy and international relations. There's certainly some change in the works — are you still feeling fine with 2009?


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bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I heard he's going to give everyone a pony.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
We should all be optimistic. Now that Obama is elected, we don't have to worry about our house payment, buying groceries, paying for gas....
stephley stephley 8 years
Amy, I think that does make sense - it's like being in the path of a big storm and being 98% certain you'll be okay: you can not ignore the 2% of you that wants to panic: but Star's right, Keep Swimming.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
As Dorie would say, "Just keep swimming". I think that'll be a good motto for the new year.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
I am hopeful, yet scared sh!tless. Does that make sense, or what?!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Everytime I seem to have some hope I see something on the news that brings it down. I really hope to see good change this year.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
No, I am a little afraid. I always look to the bad first.
skb9850 skb9850 8 years
Eh, I am neither optimistic or pessimistic about 2009.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
I'm with Stephley I'm happy "an adult's about to start running the country", and it may get worse before it gets better, but I feel confident things are going to turn around within the next four years. I think Obama really has the drive to prove a blackman can not only be President but be a Great President. I also believe government parties we'll try harder to come together for better, less self-serving solutions...out of fear of further recession, if nothing least one would hope.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Yes, yes mainly because of Obama.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I am optimistic about this year. I always try to look on the bright side of life - darn gonna start singing the Monty Phython tune now.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I am not usually affected by the year change, but for some reason this year I am in a better mood because it is now 2009. It might have to do with the Obama administration, but I don't really know. 2008 was a hard year as far as the challenges my loved ones had to face...karma owes us this year! ;)
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
I'll keep grinning, but I'm no optimist.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I don't know if everything will be 100% better with the country this year, but coming out of a hard year in 2008, I am so much happier that it's a new year. I'm ready to start on a clean slate.
janneth janneth 8 years
No, I am not optimistic. BUT I cannot imagine the depths of my pessimism if McPalin had won.
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 8 years
Nope. Not in any way, shape or form.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I'm looking forawrd to 2009. On a personal level and as an American. I think things will start to turn around at some point in '09.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
I'm hopeful, yes.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I don't know how optimistic I am about how much of the current disaster can be turned around in a year, but I'm definitely optimistic about the country's direction in general, and also that what we're going through now will serve as a great learning experience that may help us avoid these troubles in the future.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Honey after last year the only direction better be up, lol!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
"The Marist College canvassed 1,003 Americans about their expectations for 2009 on December 9 and 10" yes what a great poll of americans, that really represents what we think and feel........not. and yes, i just said Not.
stephley stephley 8 years
Sure, I'm happy: an adult's about to start running the country.
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