Among the key findings:
- 16 percent of Californians rate the current economy as excellent or good, a five-point increase from the 11 percent who said the same one year ago.
- 70 percent of unemployed Californians are optimistic that their own future will improve, saying they think things will get better in 2013.
- Almost half (47 percent) of retirees say they are optimistic that their own situation will improve.
- Despite the pay gap, Californians are in agreement, as 66 percent of those making less than $30,000 annually and the same proportion of those making more than $100,000 express optimism that their own situation will improve in the coming year.