What did you think of 2013? Good memories or good riddance? Goodbye 2013, farewell, or don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out?
According to a new AP-Times Square New Year’s Eve poll, the public had mixed feelings about the year almost gone by. As the country and the world tries to crawl its way out of the deep hole of recession, attitudes about the dwindling year are not all sunshine and rainbows, but it’s not all dark clouds and doomsday predictions, either.
Though only 20 percent of respondents said 2013 was worse than 2012, 32 percent said 2013 was better. Most people, 46 percent said the two years were about the same. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for 2013, but also not a indictment as the worst year ever.
How did the United States fare in 2013? Public opinion was split – 25 percent thought things were better for the USA, while 25 percent thoughts things had gotten worse. If you were a Democrat, you felt better about the state of affairs (37 percent saw improvement); if you were a member of the Grand Old Party, you were much more pessimistic (only 17 percent of Republicans thought things were better). See, politics creeps in to everything!
The world fared a little worse in the poll as 30 percent of respondents thought the world was worse off in 2013 than in 2012, while only 20 percent thought it was better. Civil war in Syria, political upheavals in Egypt, and economic crises in Europe probably played a role in these less-than-stellar numbers.
Though 2013 may be a forgettable year for most people, hope springs eternal. Looking ahead, 49 percent of individuals polled thought 2014 would be a better year than 2013 while only 14 percent think 2014 will be worse. Over a third of the respondents (34 percent) think 2014 would end up about the same as 2013.
Whether it is good-bye, friend or good riddance, 2013 is on its last legs, and 2014 is just around the corner. If we can just get a little more of that peace on Earth and good will toward men in 2014 than we had in 2013, things will be looking up, and we will all be better off in the coming year. So, goodbye 2013, I’m another year older, but I can’t say that you will be missed.