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Optimism Abounds for 2013; Finances Top of Mind

by Lenna Garibian  |  
January 4, 2013

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

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Lenna Garibian is a MarketingProfs research writer and a marketing consultant in the tech industry, where she develops engaging content that builds thought leadership and revenue opportunities for clients. She's held marketing and research positions at eRPortal Software, GAP Inc., Stanford University, and the IMF. Reach Lenna via Twitter @LennaAnahid and LinkedIn.

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  • by Matt Fri Jan 4, 2013 via web

    It's so sad so see people are so focussed on simply making money and it seems be getting worse. It's also amazing how such a positive spin has been placed on the article, I'd expect better from a site like this.

  • by Carol Mon Jan 7, 2013 via web

    Matt, I didn't interpret this to necessarily mean they wanted to make more money. Perhaps they want to get out of debt or save more for retirement. There are still a lot of unemployed people who might be hoping to improve their financial situation by getting a job.

  • by PBCC Company Thu May 30, 2013 via web

    As per my view that if you are targeting your future and then proceed you will always an opportunity to get success in future. But I don't understand why people not getting these thing seriously. As above mention report people are confused about there coming financial year.

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