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Americans saw 2021 as chaos and a train wreck: USA TODAY/Suffolk poll



Man leaping from 2021 into 2022 in front of a sunset.

Let’s just hope they are right.

We searched for words to describe how terrible the year was 2021 has been, close to half of Americans say the one word that best describes their mood about 2022 is “hopeful.”

That percentage is greater than the proportion of those who are less optimistic. However, there is still significant worry and weariness about what’s coming next.

When asked what they see for the next year, respondents answered in aNew USA TODAY/SuffolkAccording to a University Poll, they are: 

1. Hopeful – 46%

2. Worried? 19%

3. Exhausted – 18%

The 8% who claim they are “enthusiastic”, are at polar opposites and the 7% who describe their dominant emotion as “fearful.”

Survey of 1,000 voters by cell phone andlandline Dec. 27-30, has aMargin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percent points.

In a pollThat exposes the nation’s familiar fractures in politics andCOVID is an acronym for unified support of one thing. Nearly everyone is happy to see 2021in the rear-view camera. The only debate is over which word best describes the year that battered AmericansWith aPandemic and extreme weather andAn assault on the Capitol

One of the responses to the open-ended query to describe was to include the following words 2021In a single word: 

1. Awful/terrible/bad/sucked – 23%

2. Chaos/confusing/turmoil – 12%

3. Challenging/hard/rough – 11%

4. Disaster/train wreck/catastrophe – 6%

4. (Tied) Okay/good – 6%

Only 14% of respondents used adjectives that were positive to describe what “exciting” was. aIt’s a good thing. Others chose different versions of bad, ranging from “catastrophe”, to “catastrophe”. and “chaos”Frightening” to “frightening.” and “failure.”

The 1% are the last. 2021This is how it works: “Long.”

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