One of the weird parts about my work is that because Mere O's audience includes journalists, academics, pastors, and non-profit leaders and because our readership runs from young boomers to zoomers, I hear from lots of different types of people just over the course of doing my normal job.
Here's something interesting: The most pessimistic people I talk to are the politicians, journalists, and the academics. (And yes, yes, of course my sample size is small. So your mileage may vary. I am simply sharing what I am hearing in my day-to-day conversations.)
The most hopeful people are the pastors. I talk regularly with pastors who love their jobs, see God at work, and are hopeful about what God is doing. This has especially increased in the past year in the aftermath of Asbury. I consistently hear from people who tell me something is happening right now that wasn't happening 2-3 years ago.