12/18: Holiday Spending Status Quo… Weight Loss Top Resolution for 2015

With Chanukah underway and just one week until Christmas, many Americans who purchase holiday gifts won’t be cutting corners on their seasonal shopping.  A majority of holiday shoppers say they plan to spend about the same amount of money as they did last year, and more than one in ten gift givers intends to spend more.  Although down from last year, financial concerns are top of mind for nearly one-third of shoppers who report they will be cutting back this holiday season. How are shoppers making their purchases?  Sixin ten plan to use cash to buy their holiday gifts, similar to last year. ... 

5/1: What’s in a Number?

It’s time to wish The Marist Poll’s fearless leader, Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, a happy birthday!  What are Americans giving Dr. Miringoff this year?  Their gift is another year of being middle-aged!  Six in ten adults nationally — 60% — think Dr. Miringoff’s current age, 63 years old, is middle-aged.  27% consider it old, and 13% say it is young. Click Here for Complete May 1, 2014 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables “I’m very gratified with these results,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.  “Truth be told, when I wanted... 

12/23:Turning Over a New Leaf in 2014?

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Are Americans resolving to make a change in the New Year?  More than four in ten — 44% — plan to do so, up slightly from 40% last year.  Once again, residents younger than 45 years old — 54% — are more likely than older Americans — 37% — to vow to improve an aspect of their lives in the coming year. Click Here for Complete December 23, 2013 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables Similar proportions of women — 44% — and men — 43% — expect to make a New Year’s resolution this year.  Last year, identical proportions of men and women —... 

5/3: Is Age Really Just a Number?

The annual tradition continues!  Every year at The Marist Poll, the Institute asks Americans whether or not Dr. Lee M. Miringoff’s age is young, middle-aged, or old.  This year, age 62 is on the block.  So, what do Americans think?  Nearly six in ten — 59% — think 62 is middle-aged.  28% believe the age is old while 13% say it’s young. Click Here for Complete May 3, 2013 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables Have the tides turned for Dr. Miringoff?  Well, there’s good news and bad news.  First, the good news.  There has been only a slight decline in the proportion of Americans... 

12/27: Making a Change in 2013?

December 27, 2012 by  
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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... 

5/1: Age is in the Eye of the Beholder?

At what point is someone considered to be old?  It’s an annual question the Marist Poll asks to determine if the current age of Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Insitute for Public Opinion, is young, middle-aged, or old.  As Dr. Miringoff faces 61, there’s good news.  According to this Marist Poll, 61 years of age is not that benchmark.  More than six in ten adults nationally — 63% — believe someone who is 61 is middle-aged.  15% think 61 is young while 22%, however, say it is old. Click Here for Complete May 1, 2012 USA Poll Release and Tables Not surprisingly,... 

12/29: Younger Americans Twice as Likely to Make New Year’s Resolution than Older Residents

December 29, 2011 by  
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Nearly six in ten Americans younger than 45 years old — 59% — think they are likely to make a New Year’s resolution for 2012.  This compares with just 28% of those 45 and older. ©istockphoto.com/leminuit Click Here for Complete December 29, 2011 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables When further broken down by age, nearly two-thirds of Americans under 30 years old — 64% — believe they will make a New Year’s resolution.  A majority — 55% — of those between 30 and 44 say they will do the same.  37% of residents 45 to 59 years old and 23% of those 60 and older... 

12/20: Battle of the Season’s Greetings: Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

December 20, 2011 by  
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Nearly two-thirds of adults nationally — 64% — think people should say, “Merry Christmas” during the holiday season while more than three in ten — 31% — believe the appropriate greeting is “Happy Holidays.”  Four percent are unsure. ©istockphoto.com/moncherie When Marist last reported it in 2010, 61% thought “Merry Christmas” should convey the greetings of the season while 35% believed “Happy Holidays” did the trick.  Five percent, at that time, were unsure. Table: “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays” Marist Poll Methodology This poll was released... 

7/1: Independence Day — Seventeen Seventy When?

Just in time for the July 4th weekend, the Marist Poll has asked Americans in which year the United States declared its independence.  And, the result is many Americans need to brush up on their American history. ©istockphoto.com/oersin Click Here for Complete July 1, 2011 USA Poll Release and Tables Only 58% of residents know that the United States declared its independence in 1776.  26% are unsure, and 16% mentioned another date. There are age differences on this question.  Younger Americans are the least likely to know the correct answer.  Only 31% of adults younger than 30 say that 1776... 

12/28: Majority Not Likely to Make New Year’s Resolutions

December 28, 2010 by  
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Will Americans vow to make a change heading into 2011?  A majority of U.S. residents — 56% — think it is not likely at all that they will make a New Year’s resolution this year while 44% believe it is at least somewhat likely that they will. ©istockphoto.com/alexsl Click Here for Complete December 28, 2010 USA Poll Release and Tables When Marist asked the same question last December, 52% did not plan to make a resolution for 2010 while 48% did. Younger Americans are still among those who are most likely to make a resolution.  58% of those under the age of 45 say they will vow to... 

11/23: Thanksgiving Trivia

Since family and friends will gather around the dining room table this Thanksgiving, we at The Marist Poll thought we’d ask Americans by whom the first Thanksgiving was celebrated?  And, school teachers will be happy to hear that most — 86% — said the pilgrims and Native Americans.  Just 6% said it was celebrated by others, and 7% were unsure. ©istockphoto.com/photo4u2 Table: The First Thanksgiving Family Time Favored by Americans on Thanksgiving Which holiday activity is preferred by Americans on Thanksgiving?  Most — 84% — say spending time with family and friends... 

7/2: Don’t Know Much About History?

There’s good news for American education.  About three-quarters of residents — 74% — know the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776.  The bad news for the academic system — 26% do not.  This 26% includes one-fifth who are unsure and 6% who thought the U.S. separated from another nation.  That begs the question, “From where do the latter think the U.S. achieved its independence?”  Among the countries mentioned are France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain. ©istockphoto.com/Kaupang Table: Country from Which U.S. Declared Independence Marist Poll Methodology Check... 

4/30: 59 Candles

April 30, 2010 by  
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It’s an annual tradition at The Marist Institute for Public Opinion.  To commemorate the director’s birthday, we ask the nation if they think Dr. Lee M. Miringoff’s age is young, middle-aged, or old.  How did our fearless leader do this year? ©istockphoto.com/azgek The age is 59, and Miringoff escapes, again!  72% of U.S. residents think 59 years old is “middle-aged.”  15% believe the age is “young,” and 13% report it’s “old.” Needless to say, age affects perceptions on this question.  The older Americans are, the more likely they are to... 

12/28: Wiping the Slate Clean … New Year’s Resolutions

December 28, 2009 by  
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Nearly half of all Americans — 48% — say they are at least somewhat likely to make a New Year’s resolution this year.  52%, on the other hand, report it is not very likely at all. ©istockphoto.com/narvikk The proportion of residents nationally who plan to wipe the slate clean has grown since last year.  When Marist last asked Americans about New Year’s resolutions at this time in 2008, 40% said they were either somewhat likely or very likely to make a resolution. Click Here for Complete December 28, 2009 USA Poll Release and Tables There has been a change among men on... 

12/22: “It’s a Wonderful Life” Favorite Holiday Movie

December 22, 2009 by  
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It’s a holiday tradition, and for the second year, Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life takes the top spot in The Marist Poll’s holiday movie survey.  26% of Americans say Capra’s classic is their favorite holiday movie while A Christmas Story is preferred by 21% of Americans. 18% “believe” and rank Miracle on 34th Street their number-one holiday flick. 14% wait all year for Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney to grace the screen in White Christmas.  And, the same proportion — 14% — are pleasantly haunted by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. ©istockphoto.com/Graffizone When... 

12/21: Re-Gifting Practiced by More Than One-Fifth of Americans

There’s a good chance this holiday season that the present you unwrap is the gift that keeps on giving.  Although 77% of U.S. residents say they do not re-gift holiday presents, a notable proportion – 23% — have no problem giving a gift that they’ve received to someone else. ©istockphoto.com/alle12 There is an age gap on this question.  Younger Americans are more likely to re-gift holiday presents.  36% of those 18 to 29 years old pass along a previous present while 27% of those 30 to 44 admit to doing the same.  Nearly one-fifth of Americans age 45 to 59 re-gift as do 17% of those... 

12/21: Traffic Rated #1 Holiday Hassle

Do the holidays give you a great big headache?  You aren’t alone!  The holiday season has its fair share of hassles. ©istockphoto.com/MCCAIG The biggest – traffic.  32% of U.S. residents report that traffic is the biggest nuisance during the holiday season.  Long lines and rude shoppers are tied for a distant second with 18% each.  Unhelpful salespeople frustrate 9% of Americans while 8% are discouraged by finding hard to get gifts.  During the holiday season, unruly children annoy 7% of the population. Men are more put off by holiday traffic than are women.  37% of men are irritated... 

7/2: The World of Weddings… Money, Gifts, and More

From trying on dozens of wedding dresses to picking out the invitations and favors, a lot goes into planning a wedding.  But, wedding guests have their fair share to think about, too.  And, a lot has to do with money. ©istockphoto.com/Angel_a When it comes to wedding attendance, 59% of Americans say they have gone to at least one wedding during the past year.  This includes 21% who have attended just one wedding, an additional 21% who have witnessed two couples tie the knot, and 17% who have seen three or more couples exchange their vows. Table: Attended a Wedding The Art of Wedding Gift Giving What... 

7/2: Tying the Knot: Bridal Showers, Crashers, & Memorable Moments

The next time you’re among friends or family, ask if they have ever crashed a wedding.  If so, they’re not alone.  According to a recent Marist poll, at least one in twelve Americans have snuck their way into a reception to which they were not invited.  And, from the food, the music, the location, the décor, oh, and, of course, the open-bar, there are many aspects of a wedding that distinguish one from the next. ©istockphoto.com/fotolE The Bridal Shower: Who’s Invited? But, before the wedding, there’s usually a bridal shower, and for many women figuring out which bridal showers they’ll...