NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Was 2015 worse for the world than last year?

A new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll mass shootings and terror attacks weighed heavily on the minds of Americans in 2015, revealing that most polled believe this year was worse than 2014.

According to the poll, the most important events to Americans in the past year were the shootings in San Bernardino, California, as well as shootings in South Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee.

Close behind came the Paris attacks and atrocities perpetrated by the Islamic State extremist group.

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Americans are also much less likely than they were a year ago to believe that the current year was better for the United States — only 17 percent compared with 30 percent in 2014.

The poll of 1,020 adults was conducted online between Dec. 11 and Dec. 13, with a 3 percentage point margin of sampling error.

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