Canadians are ringing in the New Year with a measure of optimism.
The nation appears to believe 2022 will be better.
Despite major challenges faced in 2021, a new survey released Friday shows the vast majority of Canadians believe the new year will be a good one for themselves and their family members.
While almost half (47%) say 2021 was a bad year, 69% of Canadians expect 2022 to be good for them.
As millions greet the new year, the Maru Public Opinion poll also found we are in the mood for change, with most respondents saying they will make resolutions.
More than half (55%) of respondents say they will make some personal resolutions to do some specific things for themselves or others.
When it comes to the economy and personal finances, the outlook is not as positive among those polled.
Only half (51%) of Canadians believe their personal financial situation will be better in 2022 than it was in 2021.
Just under half (46%) of Canadians believe it will be a good year for the economy.
And not quite half (49%) believe it will be good for businesses.
Even with the rapidly spreading new Omicron variant, there is a positive view of where Canada is heading.
Half (52%) of Canadians believe vaccines and personal habits will enable the country to defeat the disruptions in 2022 and have a normalized life by the end of the coming year.
But there remains some signs of tension and division.
A vast majority (75%) are worried the unvaccinated population will keep the country in a continual cycle of the pandemic.
Six-in-ten Canadians disagree there are too many consequences in place for those who don’t want to be vaccinated.