Maybe it was simply the fact that people wanted to be nice because it was during the holidays. Maybe the people contacted were just Obamacare supporters. But a new poll from FOX News about where we are going as a country produced some surprising results.

According to the numbers a slight majority; 51 percent, felt 2013 was a good year and are optimistic about the economy in 2014. Brandon Rottinghaus at the University of Houston told KTRH the media may have played a role in the results.

“Positive stories are starting to emerge and the White House wants to use them to get people on the side of Obamacare,” Rottinghaus explained.

Bryan Preston at Pajamas Media told KTRH he had to read these results twice to let them fully sink in.

“Most people who have experienced Obamacare have experienced it negatively. Yet most people think 2013 was a good year for them,” Preston stated,

Preston also thinks that we could have just had a bunch of people who wanted to be nice because it was the holidays.

“I guess a lot of folks are being optimistic at the end of the year and saying 2013 wasn’t as bad as they expected it to be,” Preston said.

But Rottinghaus says there might be something else going on that is leading people to feel good about where they are at.

“There are some positive indicators for the economy that people are picking up on. I think people do feel like they will do better in the next year,” Rottinghaus stated.

The 51 percent is up from 42 percent one year ago and a huge jump from where it was in 2009, when just 34% felt good about where we were headed.