Canadians feeling bubbly about 2008

Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:44pm EST
 
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By Natalie Armstrong

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadians are bubbling over with optimism for 2008, although they are somewhat sobered by prospects for the rest of the world and the environment, according to a new poll.

Wrapping up a banner economic year that even shocked analysts, Canadians watched their dollar soar to record-breaking heights while enjoying lower taxes and a falling unemployment rate.

"It's been a great year for Canada," John Wright, senior vice-president at Ipsos-Reid, which conducted the poll, told Reuters on Monday.

"They're pretty optimistic about next year. There doesn't seem to be anything which is causing Canadians angst."

The poll says more than nine in 10 Canadians (92 percent) expect 2008 to be a good year for them personally, up from 88 percent the year before.

The survey also found 90 percent said the new year will be good for their families, up 2 percentage points from 2007.

About 80 percent of those polled said 2007 was "a good year" compared to other years, up from 76 percent last year.

And 81 percent say 2008 will be a good year for Canada, up 3 points.   Continued...

 
<p>New Years Eve fireworks in Toronto during Millennium celebrations, January 1. Canadians are bubbling over with optimism for 2008, although they are somewhat sobered by prospects for the rest of the world and the environment, according to a new poll. 	 REUTERS/Andrew Wallace</p>