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12/27: Making a Change in 2013?


12/27: Making a Change in 2013?

Four in ten Americans — 40% — plan to ring in the New Year with promises to make 2013 better than 2012.  Who are among those most likely to make a resolution?  Americans who are younger than 45 years old — 51% — are more likely to promise to change than older residents — 34%.

Click Here for Complete December 27, 2012 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables

60% of Americans are not likely to make a New Year’s resolution for 2013.  Last year 62% said they did not plan to alter their lifestyle in any way, and 38% resolved to make a change.  Fewer younger Americans plan to make a resolution compared with last year.  At that time, 59% of those under 45 thought they would pledge to improve their lives and 28% of those 45 and older professed to do the same.

There is no difference between men and women on this question.  40% of men and the same proportion of women — 40% — report it is likely they will make a resolution for 2013.

Table: Likelihood of Making Resolution

Table: Likelihood of Making Resolution (Over Time)

Weight Loss Tips the Scales as Top New Year’s Resolution

Among Americans who plan to make a New Year’s resolution for 2013, 17% promise to lose weight.  13% say they will stop smoking while 10% would like to be a better person.  Nine percent intend to spend less and save more money while 8% think they will exercise more.

Weight loss remains the number one New Year’s resolution.  At that time, 18% said they would battle the bulge in 2012.  11% thought they would exercise more while 9% planned to save more and spend less.  An additional 9% said they would stop smoking, and the same proportion — 9% — hoped to be a better person.

Table: Complete List of New Year’s Resolutions

Table: Top New Year’s Resolutions

About Six in Ten Kept Their Word

Among adults nationally who made a New Year’s resolution for 2012, 59% kept their vow for at least part of the year.  41% did not.  However, the proportion of Americans who kept their resolution has declined.  67% of those who made a resolution for 2011 stuck to it while 33% did not.

Table: Kept 2012 Resolution?

Table: Kept Resolution? (Over Time)









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  1. Jon Ryan

    September 29, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Hi there Marist Poll,

    Are there any results back for 2013 yet? If not, do you plan to update this blog?

  2. Jon O'Shea

    January 26, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Just do it is my advice. It was hard starting out on my exercise plan initially, but once you get going and start to notice improvements it can become enjoyable and worthwhile. ~Jon.

  3. Hasselle from

    September 6, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    For those who have a problem on their weight, well you can consider loosing weight as a new year’s resolution for 2013. However, even if you don’t consider it as a resolution as long as you are doing your best to reduce your weight then it is good and better for you.

  4. Foxxmediauk

    January 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Losing weight: Every year we think about being slimmer and the New Year is best time to plan a healthy diet. We need to adhere to a diet plan which is simple to use every day. The more simpler our exercise and eating habits, the better we will feel.

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