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Optimism high around globe for better 2014, poll says

Published on Jan 7, 2014 6:51 AM
 

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Most people around the world are optimistic that 2014 will be better than last year and that the global economy will be stronger, according to a poll.

Seventy-six per cent of people in 23 countries questioned by the global research company Ipsos said they had high hopes for the new year, slightly more than in 2013. About half said last year was not great for them and their families.

"People are excited for the New Year. I think they still have a bad taste left in their mouths from 2013, with the slim majority saying it was a bad year for them and their families and people a bit worried about the economy," Ms Keren Gottfried, a senior research manager for Ipsos said in an interview on Monday.

But the overall optimism, she added, "shows people want to look at the world with the glass half-full."

 
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