Americans saw 2021 as ‘chaos’ and a ‘train wreck’ but are hopeful about 2022, USA TODAY/Suffolk poll shows

Written by on January 2, 2022

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Let’s hope they’re proper.

After looking for the phrases to convey simply how terrible 2021 was, near half of People say the one phrase that finest describes their temper about 2022 is “hopeful.”

The proportion who really feel that manner is greater than double the much less optimistic choices that completed decrease on the listing. However there’s nonetheless important wariness and weariness about what’s coming subsequent.

Requested their view of the 12 months forward, respondents in a brand new USA TODAY/Suffolk College Ballot say they’re: 

1. Hopeful – 46%

2. Anxious – 19%

3. Exhausted – 18%

At polar opposites are the 8% who say they’re “enthusiastic” and the 7% who describe their dominant emotion as “fearful.”

The survey of 1,000 registered voters, taken by cellphone and landline Dec. 27 to Dec. 30, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 share factors.

In a ballot that finds the nation’s acquainted fractures over politics and COVID-19, there’s overwhelming unity about one factor: Practically everyone seems to be glad to see 2021 within the rearview mirror. The one debate is over which phrase finest describes the 12 months that battered People with a pandemic, excessive climate and an assault on the Capitol.

Among the many phrases volunteered in response to the open-ended query to explain 2021 in a single phrase: 

1. Terrible/horrible/unhealthy/sucked – 23%

2. Chaos/complicated/turmoil – 12%

3. Difficult/onerous/tough – 11%

4. Catastrophe/practice wreck/disaster – 6%

4. (Tied) Okay/good – 6%

In all, simply 14% supplied adjectives that have been constructive, assuming “thrilling” is an effective factor. The remainder selected varied variations of unhealthy, from “disaster” and “chaos” to “scary” and “failure.”

Then there’s the 1% who described 2021 this fashion: “Lengthy.”

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