Saturday, March 26, 2011
Most Americans agree on the importance of exercise and do at least some exercising every week.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 75% of American Adults say exercise is at least somewhat important in daily life, including 33% who say it's Very Important. Just 22% rate daily exercise as not very or not at all important.
That closely parallels the 20% of Americans who say they never exercise, the highest level in five years. A plurality (47%) say they exercise one to three times per week, while 19% exercise four to five times a week. Ten percent (10%) of Adults say they exercise every day or nearly every day. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Most adults have consistently said exercise is important in daily life in surveys since 2006.
Most Americans continue to give their personal health positive ratings, but they are slightly less optimistic about their health in the future.
The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on March 23-24, 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.
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