For some Americans, it’s a big night out of partying while others view New Year’s Eve as just another night. Surveys conducted by Rasmussen Reports found the following plans to say goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011.
69% will be home at midnight
66% will say a prayer
60% will be awake at midnight
47% will kiss someone at midnight
42% will have a drink
39% are Very Likely to watch the ball drop on television at midnight
28% will be sleeping when 2011 arrives
21% will attend a New Year’s Eve party
18% will go out to dinner with family or friends
7% will be at a friend’s house
5% will be at a restaurant or bar
There is less optimism for the New Year than at any point in the past seven years. Just 35% expect 2011 to be good, excellent, or the best ever. That’s down from 68% in 2007.
Rasmussen Reports tracking polls found that unemployment and job creation were the most followed stories among likely voters in 2010.
As 2010 comes to an end, 31% of voters believe the nation is generally heading in the right direction. Only 13% say that Congress is doing a good or an excellent job. President Obama’s Job Approval rating has remained fairly steady, hovering around the mid-40s all year. Consumer and Investor confidence is up from earlier in the year, but still has a long way to go to reach the levels found as recently as early 2008.