As we inch closer toward the New Year, a new poll for CTV News suggests Canadians don’t feel that 2013 was as good for them as 2012 -- but optimism for 2014 appears bright.

The poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid, asked about 2,500 respondents throughout the country to reflect on the past year. 

While three-quarters of Canadians (76%) classified 2013 as a good year for themselves and their families, that represents a four percentage-point drop over 2012.

Meanwhile, nearly one quarter of Canadians (24%) said 2013 was bad for them, representing a jump of four per cent over 2012.

When it comes to the economy, only a slim majority (54%) felt the economy in 2013 was good – down seven percentage points from 2013.

And only six in 10 respondents said the year was good for their personal finances, down two points.

This past year did see a modest improvement, however, when compared to 2012 in one category: Among working Canadians, 77 per cent said that all things considered, 2013 was good for their job and career – an increase of two points.

Here’s how Canadians rated other aspects of their lives in 2013:

Personal happiness: 80 per cent good (down two points from 2012)

  • Health: 79 per cent good (down three points from 2012)
  • Social life: 72 per cent good (down two points from 2012)
  • Financial situation: 61 per cent (down two points from 2012)
  • Sex or romantic life: 60 per cent good (down two from 2012)

While 2013 may not have been as good as some Canadians would have liked, the vast majority of survey respondents (87%) reported feeling optimistic for the year ahead, saying they expect 2014 to be a good year overall. The poll also showed:

  • 85 per cent of working Canadians believe 2014 will be good for their job and career;
  • 75 per cent say they expect their personal financial situations will be good in 2014;
  • 64 per cent believe the economy will be good in 2014;
  • 64 per cent believe 2014 will be good for their retirement plans or savings;

The survey showed optimism for 2014 is greatest in Alberta, with 90 per cent of respondents saying they believe the New Year will be good. It was lowest in British Columbia, at 84 per cent.