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Dec 31, 2009 8:51 AM by Associated Press

Americans seek silver lining in 2010

Americans are showing a curious mix of optimism and pessimism as they head into 2010.

The latest AP-GfK poll indicates 82 percent are optimistic about what the new year will bring for their families. At the same time, nearly two-thirds think their family finances will worsen or stay about the same.

Fewer than half of the about 1,000 people surveyed think the nation's economy will improve in 2010 and nearly three-fourths think 2009 was a bad year for the country, which was rocked by unemployment, home foreclosures and economic sickness.

That's clearly worse than in 2006, the last time a similar poll was taken. The survey that year found that 58 percent of Americans felt the nation had suffered a bad year.

There's little optimism about the nation's two wars. Sixty-seven percent think the situation in Afghanistan will stay the same or get worse. It's about the same for Iraq.

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