Survey: 22 % of Bulgarians Think 2019 Will Be Better Than 2018
December 27 (BTA) - In the end of 2018, 22 per cent of
Bulgarians expect 2019 to be better than 2018, 30 per cent
expect it to be worse, and 31 per cent think it will be the
same, according to data released on Thursday from Gallup
International's 42nd Annual Global End of Year Survey, conducted
in 50 countries.
The net worth of optimism in Bulgaria (i.e. the share of
optimists minus the share of pessimists) is minus 8, while in
2017 it was +3, marking a certain decrease in overall optimism.
Bulgaria is more pessimistic compared to other Eastern European
countries. Romania for example shows much higher levels of
optimism (net worth +21). Bulgaria shows less optimism than the
average and the EU as a whole. According to the net estimates,
the Albanian communities are the most optimistic in the Balkans,
and Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina are the most pessimistic.
About 15 per cent of Bulgarians expect the coming year to be
more peaceful for the world as a whole, 28 per cent have the
opposite opinion, and 38 per cent expect things to remain the
same. The Bulgarian net value (minus 13) in this regard is close
to the world average.
Bulgaria seems more optimistic when it comes to peace compared
to other Eastern European countries and the EU as a whole.
Compared with the rest of the Balkans, however, Bulgarians seem
rather pessimistic about whether the year will be more peaceful.
The Albanian communities are the most optimistic on this
subject as well.
A total of 28 per cent of the survey respondents worldwide
expect 2019 to be more peaceful, while 34 per cent think it will
be more problematic.
"For decades Gallup's Annual Global End of Year Survey has
reported this paradox: people living in richer countries are
more pessimistic about the coming year, and vice versa,"
commented Gallup International President Kancho Stoychev and
added that it seems that the fear of losing what you have is
greater than the fear of not having much to begin with.
The EU is becoming more and more pessimistic. The same trend is
seen in Russia, while the US is the most optimistic about the
upcoming year than it has been in a decade . RY/DT