"Half of people around globe optimistic about economy" - poll
Th Ipsos poll released on Tuesday revealed that Indians, Brazilians and Indonesians were the most optimistic that the economy will improve next year, with more than three quarters giving it a thumbs up.
But less than a third of Belgians, Spaniards, French, Poles and Italians were confident the global economy will get better.
"There is a great amount of optimism for the future," said Keren Gottfried, research manager at Ipsos Public Affairs, adding that the number had jumped 8 percent since last year.
And while many still had doubts about the world economy, 80 percent of the 18,500 people questioned in 24 countries for the survey believed 2013 would be a better year for them personally.
"People are excited, without a doubt," Gottfried added. Along with the increased optimism, many people say they will be in the mood to celebrate. About 40 percent will be ushering in the New Year with family and friends, particularly in Sweden, Brazil, South Africa, China and Mexico, where half or more people are having a celebration.
The Japanese are least likely to commemorate the arrival of 2013. Only 13 percent there are planning a party, along with just about a third of residents in Great Britain, Australia, the United States and Russia.
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