Democrats aren't feeling as excited over the upcoming new year as they were this time last year, a new Pew Research Center poll shows.
Last year, when Democrats were still in control of the Senate, 81 percent of the party's members said they expected 2014 to be better than 2013, reports The Washington Post.
But fast forward one year and after the November midterms shifted control of the Senate to the Republican Party, and after Democrats lost seats in the House, and Democrats' optimism dropped, with 60 percent saying they expect 2015 to be a better year.
But Independents and Republicans didn't change their outlook much, the poll showed, with Independents' outlook dropping by one point and Republicans' outlook climbing by one point. Still, Democrats were more optimistic about 2015 than Republicans, as only 34 percent of GOP voters said they expect the new year to be better than 2014 was.
It's not just Democrats who are disappointed as the new year rolls in, the Pew poll of 1,507 adults showed. Only 26 percent overall said they are satisfied with national conditions, and 71 percent are dissatisfied. And overall, just 49 percent said 2015 will be better than 2014, but 42 percent said it will be worse.
2014 proved to be a difficult year, with the rise of the Islamic State, protests over police shootings, racial divisions, the threat of Ebola, and other stunning news events, and Americans are feeling down, The Post reports.
Just 15 percent of American voters approved of Congress last year, a Gallup poll shows,
and President Barack Obama's approval rating is hovering at around 48 percent, a daily Gallup survey showed.
And on a personal level, people don't even want to hang out with politicians, The Post points out, especially as a New Year's Eve date. A Quinnipiac University poll asked New Yorkers to choose if they'd like to have former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, or New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as a New Year's Eve companion, but the most popular answer was "none of them."
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