NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A new poll finds most people are optimistic about the new year.
The figures released by the Times Square Alliance show people are feeling good about their luck in 2013.
WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports
“Nearly 9 in 10 people, 87 percent, feel they’re going to be better off in 2013,” said Jeffrey Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment.
Straus, who is the co-organizer of the Times Square New Year’s Eve, said the 500 online poll-takers from around the world picked one political loser as having the worst year.
“Mitt Romney, obviously, he didn’t have the best year. I thought it was also interesting that people weren’t feeling so good for Mark Sanchez – totally understandable,” Straus told Miller.
“Twilight” stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were selected as having the second worst year.
Around Times Square Sunday morning, people were mixed in their feelings about 2013.
“I’m graduating, so it’s going to be a great year,” said Renee from Brooklyn.
“We would have felt good about it had our economic and political forecast been much different,” Debbie from Virginia told Miller.
Still, 65 percent of those surveyed said the world will be a far better place in the coming year than it was in 2012.
Respondents also named Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez the all-time favorite athlete who’s worn the number 13, followed by Steve Nash, Dan Marion and Wilt Chamberlain.
Looking ahead, those who took the poll said Prince William and Kate Middleton will have the best 2013, with the birth of their first child coming.
When asked whether the unlucky number of 13 in the coming year was something to be concerned about, a resounding 97 percent of respondents answered, ‘who cares.’
“It actually comes from the lunar months and originally was a very lucky thing. And we think that 2013 is only going to being good things,” Straus told Miller.
Those surveyed listed the luckiest things they hope will happen in the coming year. Finding love topped the list, followed by money and a new job or promotion.
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