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A conducted by the Associated Press (AP) almost two-thirds of Americans believe 2012 will be better than 2011. The study that 62 per cent are optimistic about what 2012 will bring for their country, and 78 per cent 2012 will bring better times for their family. Over two-thirds of those polled 2011 as a poor year. Many said they are to see the back of 2011 because of the poor economy. Jobs were to come by and prices for things like healthcare, food and fuel continued to . South Carolina resident Mary Burke told the AP she had faith in Washington politics, saying: “They don't care about me and you. They only care about how they are going to their pockets."

The year 2011 was a momentous one around the world. The of the Middle East changed after the Tunisian government fell to people in January. This event the Arab Spring that saw Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak resign and uprisings spread across the Arab world. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s in October completed his country’s successful uprising. There were many natural in 2011. The biggest was the earthquake and tsunami that devastated of Japan’s northern coastline. It killed 15,840 people and one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters. Floods in Rio de Janeiro and Thailand thousands. The world population officially 7 billion, although Osama bin Laden, Apple’s Steve Jobs and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
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