Champlain College study finds most Americans feel optimistic, pandemic or not

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Though the COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 228,000 people in the United States since March and the presidential election has raised the nation’s stress level, a majority of Americans feel optimistic about the future, according to a new study from Champlain College.

The research, published last week, found that 66% of respondents felt positive about the future, even when thinking about the pandemic and the 2020 election.

Melissa Marcello, who headed the study for Champlain, said the unexpectedly positive results illustrate the reason she and her colleagues were drawn to studying optimism in the first place: It’s a reminder that promising things are going on in the world, even when they’re not necessarily reflected in the headlines.


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