Fully 8 in 10 people worldwide say they are optimistic that the new year will be a better year than the previous one, up 8 percentage points from the 72% who said so a year earlier, according to a 23-country poll conducted by Ipsos for Reuters.
That optimism is mirrored by a similar spike in those who are optimistic that the global economy will be stronger in 2013. Roughly one-half (49%) of global citizens agree the economy will be stronger this year, up 8 points from the 41% who said so a year earlier.
Below, additional findings from Ipsos.
Global citizens appear to be channeling their optimism into developing personal goals: 80% say they are planning personal New Year's resolutions for 2013, and 55% cite improving their financial situation as the goal they most want to achieve during the year.
Only a small proportion would rather spend more time with friends and family (16%), improve their health (14%), or travel to other countries (12%).
Not surprisingly, older people (age 50-64) are less concerned than their younger counterparts (age 16-49) about improving their financial situation in 2013 (44% vs. 58%); however, older folks tend to be the most concerned about improving their health (21%).
Personal Goals for 2013: US and Canada