NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 30: A person wearing a mask and a 'Happy New Year' hat poses in front of a "New Year's Eve 2021" sign in Times Square on December 30, 2020 in New York City. The pandemic has caused long-term repercussions throughout the tourism and entertainment industries, including temporary and permanent closures of historic and iconic venues, costing the city and businesses billions in revenue. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters believe that 2021 will be better for the United States than 2020. A Political IQ survey found that 17% believe it will be worse and 27% expect things to remain about the same.

Democrats are very optimistic. Sixty percent (60%) of those in Joe Biden’s party believe 2021 will be a better year. Just 9% believe things will get worse.

Republicans and Independents are not as certain. Among GOP voters, 38% believe things will get better, but 24% say they’ll get worse. As for Independents, 36% take the optimistic view while 20% are pessimistic about the coming year.

Just 16% of voters rated 2020 as a good or excellent year for the nation. Sixty percent (60%) said poor.

On a personal basis, 30% say they had a good or excellent year. Twenty-eight percent (28%) said it was a poor year for them.

Fifty-two percent (52%) say 2021 will be better for them personally. Thirteen percent (13%) take the opposite view.


The online survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from December 26-27, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online or via text. They were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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