As 2012 draws to a close, a new survey released on Dec. 31 by Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve, found that Americans and their counterparts around the globe are looking forward to 2013 with great optimism regarding their own personal lives and the world at large.
Nearly nine in ten people surveyed (87 percent) believe they’ll be better off personally in 2013 than they were in 2012, compared to just seven percent who said things will remain the same in the New Year and three percent who think their personal situations will get worse. In addition, 69 percent of those polled said 2013 will be better for them romantically, while 27 percent believe it’ll stay the same and 3 percent predicted their love lives would be worse.
When asked what’s in store for the world in 2013, 65 percent of those surveyed said it’ll be a far better place than it was in 2012, while 21 percent said it’ll remain the same and 12 percent think it’ll be worse than 2012. Looking back, 37 percent said 2012 was worse for the world than 2011, compared with 32 percent who viewed it as the same and 30 percent who said the previous year was better than 2011.
Regarding celebrities, professional athletes and newsmakers, Mitt Romney (54 percent) had the worst 2012, according to the survey. Recently reconciled Hollywood couple Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson (23 percent) had the second worst 2012, followed by Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (7 percent) and Kanye West (5 percent). When questioned about who will have the best 2013, Prince William and Princess Kate, who are expecting their first child, reigned supreme with 42 percent.
Additional findings from the survey include:
- 98 percent of respondents plan to watch part of the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop celebration
- 26 percent will have nobody to kiss at midnight on New Year’s Eve, 22 percent will kiss their boyfriend or girlfriend, 16 percent will smooch with their spouse or partner, 15 percent will pucker up with whomever is standing next them, 11 percent will kiss a family member and 3 percent will lock lips with a pet
- 41 percent want their New Year’s Eve midnight kiss to last a few seconds, 32 percent want their smooch to last over a minute and 24 percent said until the next morning
Planning upon hanging in this New Year’s Eve? Grab a front row seat to Times Square 2013 New Year’s Eve by checking out livestream coverage at The Daily Dose! And don’t forget to join the New Year’s Eve conversation on Twitter by following #BallDrop.
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