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Axios Poll: Dems Much More Pessimistic Than GOP for '18

Axios Poll: Dems Much More Pessimistic Than GOP for '18
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By    |   Monday, 01 January 2018 10:50 AM

Although 71 percent of Americans were more hopeful about 2018 for themselves personally, only 47 percent were more hopeful for the world at large, according to an online survey released Monday by Axios.

Democrats were significantly more pessimistic than Republicans.

  • 90 percent of Republicans were hopeful about themselves personally for the new year, while only 9 percent were more fearful.
  • Among Democrats, 55 percent were more hopeful, while 44 were more fearful about themselves personally.
  • Republicans were also more than twice as likely than Democrats to be hopeful for the world at large, with 67 percent of GOP supporters more hopeful and 32 more fearful.
  • Only 29 percent of Democrats were more hopeful about the year ahead for the world, while 70 were more fearful.

When asked to pick from a list of nine words to describe 2017, most Americans chose "worrisome," followed by "chaotic" in a related poll released Sunday.

  • Fifty-two percent of Americans chose the world "worrisome," which finished in first place. It was the top word for both Democrats (64 percent) and Republicans (38 percent).
  • The second most common word to describe last year was "chaotic" at 41 percent. It was also second on the list for both Democrats (52 percent) and GOP supporters (29 percent.
  • Democrats and Republicans differed significantly on the third choice for most appropriate word to describe last year. For Democrats, that distinction went to "hellish," which was picked by 34 percent of the party's supporters, while only eight percent of Republicans chose that word.
  • For Republicans, the third most descriptive word to describe 2017 was "great," with 28 percent of the party's supporters saying that, while only five percent of Democrats picked the word.

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An online survey released Monday by Axios found 71 percent of Americans were more hopeful about 2018 for themselves personally, but only 47 percent were more hopeful for the world at large.
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