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Americans Have Mixed Feelings on Whether Holidays Are Joyous or Stressful

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The holiday season is meant to be joyful and uplifting, but Americans aren’t as enthusiastic this year as they have been in the past.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Adults consider the holidays joyous, while nearly as many (46%) feel they are stressful. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

In early December 2009, 52% considered the holiday season joyous and just 36% described it as more stressful. 

Men have more trouble getting into the holiday spirit than women.  While 55% of females consider the holidays joyous, 54% of men label them as stressful.  Younger adults find the holidays more stressful than their elders.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on December 10-11, 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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