Optimism isn’t for everybody

In metro Atlanta, optimism is apparently a domain of the young and the suburban, according to a poll by Allstate Corp. and National Journal.

According to the poll of 400 Atlanta area residents, just under half – 49 percent – say the economy is good or excellent.

But there is a divide: 53 percent of residents who live outside the city limits say the economy is excellent or good, compared to 36 percent of city residents.

City residents are also more optimistic about the future: 71 percent say the Atlanta economy will improveHappy faces during the next decade, while 21 percent believe it will be about the same. Only 13 percent say it will become worse.

Only 58 percent of non-city residents share the same optimism about the next decade.

Asked to name the best example of a prominent Atlantan, respondents cited former U.S. President Jimmy Carter most often, followed closely by Tyler Perry, former Mayor Andrew Young and Ted Turner.

Nearly three-quarters of younger men view growth as positive, compared to 58 percent of older men. Among women, 64 percent of younger women give a thumbs-up to growth compared to 47 percent of older women.

Similar polls were conducted in several other cities. The most upbeat seemed to be Austin, where 74 percent of those questioned said the economy was excellent or good.

Poll results are available at http://www.HeartlandMonitor.com/.

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