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A Week in the Life of America

What did you do in the past week?

Rasmussen Reports thought we'd ask Americans about some popular pastimes, and this is what our national telephone survey found out. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

Eighty-two percent (82%) watched the news on TV.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) read a book.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) also went out to eat.

Nearly the same number (67%) played a sport or did some kind of physical exercise.

Forty-nine percent (49%) attended a religious service.

Forty-eight percent (48%) had friends come to their home.

Forty percent (40%) drank an alcoholic beverage.

Just 17% went to see a movie in a theater.

And eight percent (8%) went to a concert of some kind.

For the most part, this survey shows little change from last year’s, though significantly more adults found time to read this year.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on January 22-23, 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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