At the end of the year 4% of the 1,000 respondents thought Latvia had had a better year than 2019, 65% believe it has been worse, while 25% think it has been the same as the previous one.
These evaluations are the second worst since 1999, when the research center started conducting these surveys annually. Historically, the worst estimates were at the end of 2009.
In forecasting whether 2021 will be better for Latvia, only 18% of the population expect it to be better, 23% think it will be worse, while 41% think it will be the same as 2020. For comparison, at the end of last year, a total of 25% of the population projected that 2020 would be better for Latvia, 14% thought it would be worse, while 49% expected it to be the same as the year 2019.
Only one in ten (10%) said that personally this year has been better than the previous one, 43% think it has been worse, while 40% think it has been the same as the previous one.
However, when asked whether the next year will be better personally, 28% think it will be better, 17% think it will be worse, and 34% think it will be the same as 2020.