Most Republicans believe 2022 was "one of the worst years in American history"

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Abortion-rights demonstrators protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decisionPhoto byJason Garza for The Texas Tribune

As 2022 comes to a close, many take time to reflect on the past year. This year has been packed with amazing happenings along with tragedy.

Some memorable moments include the overturning of Roe v. Wade, investigations surrounding former president Donald Trump in the January 6th event, an increase in inflation along with gasoline prices, and mass shootings across the nation - including one of the deadliest school shootings in Uvalde, Texas.

YouGov America polled 1,000 Americans to get their thoughts on 2022.

  • Half of American adults say this past year was a "bad" or "terrible" year for the country
  • 33% of Democrats said it was a "bad" or "terrible" year for America while the number was 71% of Republicans
  • 65% of Republicans agreed that this was "one of the worst years in American history" while only 23% of Democrats thought the same
  • Democrats were more optimistic, with 57% saying 2022 was "about average when it comes to American history"

The adults polled were then asked to rate the state of the United States on a scale of 1-10 (where 1 is very bad, and 10 is very good).

  • The largest percentage of Americans (14%) rated the way "things are currently going in the United States" as a "1" (very bad)
  • 13% of Americans rated the current state of the U.S. as a "6"
  • Just 6% of Americans rated the U.S. a "10" (very good) based off the current state

However, most adults are still a bit more optimistic towards the future.

  • When asked to rate "the way things will be going in the U.S. ten years from now", 17% of Americans rated it a "5" (okay)
  • Only 8% thought the future events in the U.S. would be "1" (very bad)
  • While 6% remained the same for the future of the U.S. as a "10" (very good)

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