South Africans, like most people around the world, have expressed optimism about 2007.
This is according to a world survey conducted by Gallup International in November and December last year.
Four out of every 10, that is 43 percent of the 53500 people interviewed in 58 countries, think that 2007 will be a better year than 2006.
The South African results are in keeping with the international picture: just less than half (45 percent) of adult South Africans are saying that 2007 will be better.
These are the results of 3500 personal interviews, representative of the adult population, conducted from October 21 to November 21 2006.
Furthermore, three in every 10 (29percent) are saying that things will stay the same and only a fifth (19percent) think that things will get worse. Seven percent did not express an opinion.
People were asked: "So far as you are concerned, do you think that 2007 will be better, or worse than 2006?"
The results show that optimism is high in countries that were upbeat about economic prospects and do not have major concerns about unemployment or industrial disputes increasing in 2007.
On the negative, internationally over a third of those interviewed (36percent) felt 2007 would be a troubled year, with much international discord.
Only just over one in 10 said it would be a peaceful year, the remaining 41percent feeling that things will stay the same.
One in every 10 (10percent) expressed no opinion. - Sapa