Wednesday, December 08, 2010
As Christmas nears, more Americans have completed their holiday shopping, but most still have not checked all the names off their list.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 17% of Adults say they have now finished all of their holiday shopping. That's up seven points from just over a week ago and 11 points from a couple days before Thanksgiving. Eighty percent (80%) still have shopping to do. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Sixty-one percent (61%) say they've started their gift shopping, while 36% have not. This time last year, only 53% had begun their shopping already.
But some Americans must be getting caught up in the holiday season. Eighteen percent (18%) now plan to spend more this year than they did last year. That's up from 13% who felt that way just before Thanksgiving. Fifty -six percent (56%) say they will spend less on gifts this year, while 24% plan to spend about the same.
The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on December 6-7, 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.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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