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.

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