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After mixed blessings in 2013, Americans hope for the best in 2014, poll finds

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WASHINGTON — Ready to ring in the new year, Americans look ahead with optimism, according to a new AP-Times Square New Year’s Eve poll.

Their ratings of the year gone by? Less than glowing.

Here’s what the public thought of 2013:

Good year or good riddance?

On the whole, Americans rate their own experience in 2013 more positively than negatively, but when asked to assess the year for the United States or the world at large, things turn sour.

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