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Nearly half of Latvians believe 2016 will be better than 2015

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU57% of respondents interviewed by SKDS believe 2015 was similar to 2014, 22% believe 2015 was better and 15% – that this year was worse than the last.

Results of this year’s survey are generally better than those of December 2014. One year ago 23% of respondents called 2014 better than 2013 and 22% said it was worse, which was much more often than this year’s 15%, according to results of a survey by SKDS.

Historically the worst end-of-year survey results are those of 2009, when only 4% of respondents said the year was better than the last and 79% said it was worse.

The best results of end-of-year survey in Latvia are those of 2003, when 35% of respondents said that year was overall better than the last and only 13% said it was worse. 2006 has positive results as well – 34% of respondents said it was better and 17% said it was worse.

Residents’ expectations for 2016 lean more towards optimism. The number of pessimists also seems to have reduced over the course of the year.

Looking at perspectives of 2016, 30% of respondents said they expect it to be better than 2015, 12% expect it to be worse and 43% expect the next year to be the same as this year.

As a comparison, in 2014 31% of respondents expected 2015 to be better, 16% expected it to be worse and 37% said it would be the same as 2014.

The end of 2008 is considered to have had the most pessimistic predictions in Latvia: only 11% of respondents expected the next year to be better than the last and 52% expected the next year to be worse.

What is curious is that residents are usually more optimistic about their personal future than they are about the future of the country. 47% of respondents expect 2016 to be better than 2015 for them personally, 5% expect the next year to be worse and 31% do not expect anything in their lives to change.

This year’s results do seem more optimistic than last year’s results, when 45% expected the next year to be better for them personally, 8% expected it to be worse and 28% did not expect any changes at all.


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