“Good riddance!” That’s what most Canadians are saying to 2016, according to a new poll from Angus Reid.
The poll was broken down by categories based on you personally, B.C., Canada, The U.S. and the world as a whole.
In every category except ‘you personally,’ Canadians said there was more bad than good in 2016 – and in that one category, it was a tie.
On that front, spokesperson Shachi Kurl says there is a particular group that feels most cynical about the year.
“[The] sandwich generation, that squeeze generation that’s dealing with the kids, looking after their parents, trying to get the mortgage paid, trying to hang onto their jobs. Those are the ones that are personally inclined to say actually personally for me 2016 was a negative year, it was a bad year.”
Just a shade over half of those polled said the year had been bad for their own province, while 38% said the year was bad for the country in comparison to just 25% who said it was good.
Manitobans were most positive about the year, evenly split on whether it was good or bad, followed by B.C. where the 2016 haters outweighed those who thought it was a good year for the province by 12%.
Alberta and Newfoundland – both hard hit by oil prices this year, were overwhelmingly negative about the year by margins above 70%.
But Canadians weren’t just gloomy about the year at home, with 63% of people saying there had been more bad than good in the world.
Kurl says two thirds of the respondents said the crisis in Aleppo made this year bad.
Another factor? The deaths of so many celebrities.
“The idea of a celebrity death, if that was someone who had a connection to, for example, their growing up, or their childhood, or a warm memory that they associate with music or movies, it will have an impact.”
A strong two in three respondents also called the election of Donald Trump bad news for the U.S.
With files from Jeremy Lye and Michelle Morton