With just 24 days to go before the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, a new poll shows a majority of Americans are optimistic about the coming year. 

According to the AP-Times Square Alliance poll, 55 percent said they were hopeful that 2017 will be better than 2016, with 19 percent expressing the opposite view. 

The number is 12 points higher than in last year's poll, AP reported. 

Only 18 percent of respondents said they felt things in the United States improved in 2016, 33 percent said things got worse overall, while 47 percent saw no noticeable difference.

Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) said this afternoon that he believes Americans are excited about Trump's plans to do away with "bad" regulations, repatriate offshore money and cut corporate and individual taxes. 

Watch the interview above and let us know how you'd answer the poll question. 


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