Are you excited about 2015? If you're a Democrat, you're probably way less excited than you were last year. The Pew Research Center did a survey earlier this month asking Americans if they thought next year would be better than the one they just lived through. At the beginning of 2014, 81 percent of Democrats thought the year ahead would be grand. Only 60 percent of Democrats think the same about 2015. Still a majority — but that's a big drop.
The 2014 midterms might have had something to do with that big drop. Democrats lost the Senate and seats in the House.
Independents and Republicans saw imperceptible changes in outlook — the former saw their optimism in the year ahead shrink by one percentage point, while the latter is one percentage point more confident in 2015 than they were 2014.
In a year featuring massive protests, contagious illnesses, beheadings, high-profile plane crashes and disappearances, invasions and many other depressing news events, it may not be surprising that Americans are feeling a bit glum — and sick of politics. Only 15 percent of Americans approved of Congress in 2015 according to Gallup, and 48 percent of the public approves of the president.
All of this means that Americans also probably aren't planning on thinking about politics much during New Year's festivities — or, god forbid, spending time with politicians.
Quinnipiac University asked New Yorkers to pick which local Democratic politician they would like to have as a New Year's Eve date — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio or former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.
The most popular answer was, "none of them."
Happy New Year. And, bah humbug.