Americans aren't expecting another bang-up year for the stock market, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
Of the people polled, 40 percent think the market will stabilize where it is now by the end of 2014, with 39 percent predicting that it will drop, but not crash. Only 14 percent believe the market will rise and 5 percent think it will crash.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index has surged 24.5 percent to 1,775 in 2013, putting it on track for its best year in a decade.
The rally has been fueled by higher corporate earnings, a slow but steady recovery in the U.S. economy and stimulus from the Federal Reserve.
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Perhaps because of the slow recovery, only about half of the general public noted the market's strong performance, according to the poll. Investors were more aware of the booming market, however, as 73 percent say it improved.