Back in November, the GNN Poll asked readers if they were concerned about their businesses, given the growing concern at the time about the so-called “fiscal cliff” in the United States or just tuning out another piece of bad economic news as the government in the U.S. sat on its thumbs, seemingly oblivious to the approaching deadline, which officially was New Year’s Eve. Sixty-two per cent of readers said they were paying attention to the fiscal cliff headlines, but said they felt helpless, and 23 per cent said they were taking it quite seriously. Only 15 per cent at the time said they’re just tuning it out. As of this writing, the U.S. went over the fiscal cliff, but it seemed that it might be able to avoid serious repercussions with a vote on New Year’s Day … Assuming that the fiscal cliff issue gets resolved, the Canadian golf industry goes into 2013 in a positive frame of mind, according to the most recent GNN Poll, which asked readers how they see business shaping up this year, compared to 2012. As of this writing, 62 per cent said business will be better, while another 37 per cent felt it would be the same as last year. Only 11 per cent expected a decrease in business. There’s still time to offer your opinion. We’ll leave that poll up until Monday … There’s an air of cautious optimism in British Columbia, where golf courses are reporting that business was up in 2012, according to this story in the Vancouver Sun … That industry optimism was justified, according to a poll in this story in the Calgary Herald that points out that the majority of Canadians are feeling good about the economy, even if the degree of optimism varies from region to region.
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