With two weeks left till the curtain closes on 2018, the most recent Fox Information ballot finds {that a} majority of voters thinks it was an excellent yr for them, however give blended critiques for the nation.

As well as, hopefulness is up.  Regardless of the bickering and the gridlock, the quantity saying they really feel hopeful concerning the route of the nation is up 10 factors since final yr: 51 p.c vs. 41 p.c in 2017.  And, though requested in irregular intervals, the final time a majority felt this manner was 6 years in the past, as 57 p.c have been optimistic in August 2012.

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Forty-four p.c are “not so hopeful” concerning the nation’s route.

Fifty-three p.c of registered voters say the previous yr has been a constructive one for them.  That matches the quantity who felt good about 2016 — and simply four proportion factors wanting the file excessive (57 p.c in December 2014).

Twenty-eight p.c say this yr wasn’t so nice for them and 19 p.c really feel “blended” or are not sure.

Was it an excellent yr for the nation as an entire, although?  Voters are much less sure: 40 p.c say sure, whereas 43 p.c disagree.

Political and gender divisions 

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Gender and partisan divides are alive and effectively within the good yr vs. unhealthy yr choice and outlook for the long run.

Seven-in-10 self-identified Democrats assume it was a foul yr for the nation (70 p.c) and are pessimistic about its route (69 p.c).  The alternative is true for Republicans: 72 p.c assume the nation had an excellent yr and 80 p.c are longing for what’s to return.

Extra males than girls assume the U.S. had a good yr by 13 factors (47 vs. 34 p.c) and are longing for its future by 15 (59 vs. 44 p.c).

The same hole performs out for private year-end critiques.  Sixty-one p.c of males are constructive about how their yr went vs. 46 p.c of girls.  In 2016, women and men have been equally more likely to say their yr was good (53 p.c).

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Republicans (75 p.c) are 40 factors extra seemingly than Democrats (35 p.c) to provide 2018 a thumbs-up for them and their households.

The Fox Information ballot relies on landline and cellphone interviews with 1,006 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was performed below the joint route of Anderson Robbins Analysis (D) and Shaw & Firm Analysis (R) from December 9-11, 2018.  The ballot has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three proportion factors for all registered voters.

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