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47% Will Wear Green On St. Patrick's Day, 21% Plan To Drink

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Very few Americans consider St. Patrick's Day an important holiday, but nearly half of adults plan to go green today anyway.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only eight percent (8%) consider St. Patrick's Day one of the nation's most important holidays, while 44% rate it as one of the least important. Just as many (45%) think it's somewhere in between the two. (To see survey question wording, click here).

But 47% of adults plan to wear green today in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Thirty-seven percent (37%) won't sport the color, but another 15% haven't made up their minds yet.

The findings for both these questions are consistent with surveys going back several years.

Also little changed is the finding - surprise ! surprise! - that 21% of Americans plan to have a drink to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Seventy percent (70%) do not, but 10% are not sure.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on March 11-12, 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.


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