Poll: 2015 Was a Worse Year for the World Than 2014

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A poll conducted by the Associated Press found 2015 was a worse year for the world than 2014. Keith Bedford/Reuters

This year was worse for the world than the last, a new poll by the Associated Press determined.

The poll surveyed 1,020 adults between December 11 and 13. When asked how the year was for those surveyed on a personal level, 29 percent 2015 was a better year than the last, 21 percent said worse and 49 percent said there was no difference. Asked about how the year was for the United States as a whole, only 17 percent said 2015 was better than 2014 and 37 percent said worse. Over 40 percent said there was no difference.

When asked about how the year was for the world, the numbers drastically changed. Ten percent of those surveyed said 2015 was better than 2014, but 57 percent said it was worse. Just 32 percent said there was no difference.

When asked to reflect on the most important news story of the year, the majority of those surveyed said mass shooting stories were extremely important to them. These shootings included the recent San Bernardino incident that left 14 dead, the Charleston church shooting over the summer that left nine parishioners dead and the Oregon community college shooting.

The Islamic State and the Paris Attacks were also important news stories, those surveyed said.

On the pop culture front, those polled said Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the most memorable moment of the year, following by the string of women who accused Billy Cosby of sexual assault and rape this year.

Note: This poll has a margin of error of plus, minus three percent.

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