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72% Went to a Cookout This Summer

Sunday, September 04, 2011

So what did Americans do this summer? 

Their number one activity was attending a cookout or barbeque: 72% of adults did that, in fact, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. That’s up 13 points from last summer. To see survey question wording, click here.) 

Nearly as many (70%) say they read a book this summer, showing no change from last year. 

Fifty-six percent (56%) went to a fireworks display.  These findings, too, show little change from a year ago. 

Roughly half (49%) of Americans went on vacation with friends or family, up 13 points from August 2010.  Fifty-one percent (51%) did not vacation this year. At the end of May, just 38% expected to take a summer vacation, while 54% did not. 

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on August 28-29, 2010 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.


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