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Latvians are not too optimistic about 2017

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU43% of Latvian residents expect the next year to be better for them personally. 26% expect 2017 to be more beneficial to Latvia as a whole. 17% of residents view 2016 as a good year. 24% of respondents said 2016 was worse than the last. 55% said it was the same as the last.

These results are worse than those from 2015. Last year, 22% of respondents provided positive responses to questions regarding expectations for the next year. 15% said the previous year was worse than the one before it (24% this year), according to data from the study performed by SKDS.

Historically speaking, the worst study results in Latvia were registered in 2009, when 4% of residents assessed the year as better than the previous one and 79% viewed it as worse.

The best results were noted at the end of 2003, when 35% of respondents said the year was better than the previous year and only 13% viewed it as worse. 2006 received positive results as well, when 34% of respondents said it was better than the previous year and 17% viewed it as worse.

Residents’ predictions for the next year turned out less optimistic when compared with outlooks for previous years.

26% of residents expect the next year to turn out better than the last, 16% expect it to be worse and 43% expect it to be the same as 2016.

Latvians voiced the most pessimistic predictions at the end of 2008, when only 11% of residents expected the next year to be better than the last and 52% expected the next year to be worse. Although somewhat better, the end of 2009 was still very pessimistic – 12% of respondents predicted the next year to be better than the last and 43% expected it to be worse.

The most optimistic outlook was recorded in the first half of the last decade, when respondents in 2002 and 2004 predicted the next year to turn out better than the last (42% and 43% respectively). What is particularly interesting is that previously residents were far more optimistic about their personal future than their country.

The most optimistic outlook for personal future in Latvia was provided by residents in 2008, when only 18% of residents predicted the next year to be better for them personally and 36% predicted it to be worse. The end of 2009 was only slightly better, with only 22% of respondents expecting the next year to be better for them personally and 31% expected it to be worse. Residents were optimistic the most at the end of 2004, when 56% of respondents expected the next year to be better personally for them and only 9% expected it to be worse.

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