POLL: Americans are more fearful heading into 2022 than they were heading into 2021

Just over half of Americans fear what 2022 will bring to this country. 

Fifty percent of Americans specifically predict the new year will be bad for the economy as a result of inflation and supply chain shortages.

According to the New York Post, the Axios/Momentive survey shows that while 51% are worried for the next year in the United States, 54% fear for the world over the course of the next year.

However, Americans seem more optimistic about what 2022 may bring for their own lives. Sixty-eight percent were hopeful that they would have a good year, while only 30% were fearful.

This number is slightly less than last year. Laura Wronski, senior manager for research science at Momentive, told Axios “the end of last year was a particularly hopeful time. I think after this year we realized it’s not going to magically get better, that we’re going to have to live with COVID for a while.” 

However, 35% of Americans reported wanting to hear less about Covid in 2022. Sixty-one percent said they were hopeful about the progress of the pandemic in 2022. Americans are still split on the future of the economy, with the majority having negative expectations for the next year.




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