Bank Rolls Thin, But Most Counting Their Blessings

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Despite a dismal year economically for 2009, most Americans are optimistic about the new year on a personal level, according to a recent Associated Press poll.

More than half of the nearly 1,000 responders say they think the economy will not get any better soon, with two-thirds saying their family finances will worsen or at least stay the same. But a whopping 82 -percent say they think 2010 will be a good year for their families.

Three out of four Americans think 2009 was a bad year for the country, pointing to an economy rocked by unemployment and home foreclosures.

But behind the gloomy economic circumstances, most Americans point to a good year for relationships with family. Three in five Americans said their own family had a good year in 2009.

Some 72 percent of Americans said they're optimistic about what 2010 will bring for the country - especially for their families.

Marcia Andrews of Blairsville, Pa., who was laid off from her job as a high school nurse, remains hopeful for the New Year, despite the setbacks she endured in 2009.

"It was the wrong place and the wrong time," she said, adding that she also lost money in the stock market.

"I have to be optimistic," she said. "I always feel that I can pull out of things. ... I don't know how it's going to happen, but I think it will."

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