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Old 01-01-2007, 10:20 AM   #1
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Are You Optimistic About 2007?

Personally and for what will happen in your country and in the world?

Are you in general an optimist or a pessimist?

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/...ism-2007_x.htm

"An AP-AOL News Poll finds that while most Americans said 2006 was a bad year for the country, three-fourths thought it had been a good one for them and their families.

"In a time of war, so little has been asked of us as citizens," said Given, who teaches ancient Greek at East Carolina University. "We haven't had to sacrifice anything. We've been allowed to live our lives very, very well."

Looking ahead, optimism reigns.

Seventy-two percent of Americans feel good about what 2007 will bring for the country, and an even larger 89% are optimistic about the new year for themselves and their families, according to the poll.

That fits with a long-term trend suggesting that Americans are generally an optimistic lot. Polling over recent decades is replete with optimism, and with a tendency for people to feel more positively about their own situations than that of the country overall."



"Among the one-quarter of Americans who felt pessimistic about what 2007 will bring for the country, Iraq was a recurrent theme, along with concern about poor political leadership.

"I don't really like the person running the show," said one poll respondent. "Look at the service men that are dying over there," said another. "I don't think our leaders are capable of fixing the problems," said a third.

Democrats were more likely than Republicans to have a negative view of the past year, and were less likely to feel optimistic looking forward."
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Old 01-01-2007, 10:59 AM   #2
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There you see the difference between Germans and Americans.
Germans tend to be more pessimistic and always see the bad things, or expect things to become worse.

We'll have to see. The economy is on a pick-up, but our VAT got increased by three percent as well.

But the economical growth is very strong, so it is expected to neutralize the effects of the higher VAT.

I'm really looking forward to what 2007 will bring. Personally not too much will happen compared to the last year, where I frist visited Australia, and then moved to Berlin to start studying.

Politically not too much will happen since we're stuck at the moment with our grand coalition.
So let's see what Germany will do with its EU presidency and the G8 summit.

I'm rather an optimist, but also try to be as much of a realist as possible.
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Old 01-01-2007, 11:03 AM   #3
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I think I am a realist--optimistic when what I see leads me that way, pessimistic when what I see leads me the other.

I'm marginally optimistic politically, but am taking a wait and see attitude. Personally I'm optimistic about the things under my control, leery about the things that are not. However, I see much less things under my control than I have in the past. If I can re-find that sense of control, I suspect I will be more optimistic.

I'm glad 2006 is over. I'm not overly enthusiastic about 2007.
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I'm not overly optimistic about 2007. I'm pleased about the change in my government, I just hope the Democrats get the message and get us the hell out of Iraq. But there's only so much they can do, generally speaking, with such a huge deficit.
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Well, my guess is 2007 could only be better than 2006. For starters, I hope the US gets the fuck out of Iraq! Secondly, we're one year closer to GW NOT being the president anymore! Finally, we don't have Saddam to kick around anymore.
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Old 01-01-2007, 12:16 PM   #6
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I'm very optimistic. Why not be? So the world's effed up. Why not have some hope during a time of new beginnings? Change is possible.

I guess I'm optimistic about my own life and where I'm going. That's where we should all start.
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I'm cautiously optimistic.
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Old 01-01-2007, 12:52 PM   #8
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Not particularly optimistic about the state of the world, but I am pretty optimistic about my own personal 2007.
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Optimistic on most all fronts.
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Old 01-01-2007, 01:07 PM   #10
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Politically and globally? Yes.

Personally (namely financially)? No.
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very much.
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Personally - yes

Nationally - cautiously optimistic

Globally - no
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I'm going to proceed with caution where 2007 is concerned.
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Old 01-01-2007, 03:49 PM   #14
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2007?



Meh.
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Old 01-01-2007, 06:20 PM   #15
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Personally optimistic- yes

Nationally optimistic- cautiously optimistic

Globally optimistic- not so much
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