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7/1: Dining In

Seventy percent of Americans choose to eat dinner at home at least six nights during an average week.  And, when they do eat in, nearly all Americans, regardless of age, income, or region choose to cook rather than pull out the take-out menu.



Men more than women eat out at least two nights a week with one-third of men reporting that they eat at home 5 nights weekly or fewer.  This compares with 28% of women.  The take-out menu drawer gets slightly more action with men; 4% acknowledge that they order in more often than cooking.

Maybe, it’s the chilly nights or just good home-cooking, but just over half — 51% — of those in the Northeast eat at home every night of the week.

Table: How Many Times Do You Eat Dinner At Home?

Table: Cook or Order In

Marist Poll Methodology

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    May 18, 2011 at 5:16 AM

    I am really surprised by these figures.
    My eldest daughter lives in Wisconsin and has been there almost three years now and tells me that her and her husband are out 3 or 4 times a week with friends.
    I am wondering if its an age thing or just a sign of the times.
    I would be interested to know if those figures are still the same today.

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    March 27, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Wow, I can’t believe that many people eat at home. With how successful all these chain restaurants have been, it seems like the opposite would be true.

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