Looking back at 2013, by the numbers

Dec 31 2013, 15:25 IST
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About half of Americans expect 2014 to be a better year than 2013, according to the recent AP-Times Square New Year's Eve poll. Reuters About half of Americans expect 2014 to be a better year than 2013, according to the recent AP-Times Square New Year's Eve poll. Reuters
SummaryAbout half of Americans expect 2014 to be a better year than 2013.

in 2008. In a rare show of party unity, disapproval of Congress topped 80 percent among both Democrats (83 percent) and Republicans (87 percent).

THE ECONOMIC BRIGHT SPOT?

One positive note: More now say the economy is in good shape than have at any prior point in Obama's tenure, though the rating remains fairly anemic. Overall, 26 percent on average described the economy as ''good'' in this year's polling, up from an average of 23 percent in 2012, 17 percent in 2011, 19 percent in 2010 and an abysmal 11 percent in 2009.

Still, people don't hold much hope for the economy's prospects. Asked to look ahead a year, 37 percent of Americans in the December AP-GfK poll said they thought the general economic situation would worsen, while 33 percent thought it would improve. And while 32 percent thought the number of unemployed Americans would drop, 36 percent thought more people would lose jobs than get them in 2014.

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