Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Americans still prefer a home-cooked meal to one in a restaurant, and they’re eating out less than they were six months ago.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 47% of American Adults say they are going out to eat less often than they were six months ago. While that finding shows little change from January, it’s down 10 points from November 2008. Only 10% say they are dining out more often compared to six months ago, while 43% say their trips to a restaurant are about the same as before. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
An overwhelming majority (72%) say they enjoy a good home-cooked meal more than one at a fine restaurant. Twenty-four percent (24%) like restaurant fare better. These findings show little change since October 2009.
Just over half (52%) of Americans say, in a typical week, they sit down with their family members for dinner more than three times. That finding is up 14 points from October 2009. Twenty-two percent (22%) say they dine with the family two or three times a week, while 18% do so rarely or never. Seven percent (7%) eat with their family just once a week.
The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on July 21-22, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
ORRasmussen Reader subscribers can now get full access to current articles for 1 year for $24.95
Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.
We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.
Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.
To learn more about our methodology, click here.