Most Americans predict 2013 to be 'year of economic difficulty', finds poll

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 11:00 hrs

More than half of Americans believe the United States will face an economically difficult 2013, according to a new poll.

According to the Gallup Poll, nearly 65 percent of the country expects 2013 to be a year of "economic difficulty," despite majorities anticipating increasing employment and "reasonable" increases in prices over the next year.

Economists generally expect continued growth in 2013, Politico reports.

The poll found that nearly 50 percent of Americans believe the country's best days were in the past, while 47 percent believe the best days are yet to come.

According to the report, only 24 percent of GOP voters and 43 percent of independents believe the best days are still ahead, while 69 percent of Democrats think so. A mere 28 percent of Democrats think their best days were in the past.

The poll found that nearly 82 percent of Americans expect taxes to rise in the New Year, and 85 percent believe the country will continue to run a budget deficit.

On the international front, three-quarters anticipate a "troubled year" with more international discord, even as American troops plan to start withdrawing from Afghanistan.

Fifty-seven percent also predict American power will decline in 2013.

And 68 percent of Americans expect crime to rise in 2013, which would break a pattern of several years of drops in crime, the report added. (ANI)

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