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Important or Not, Have A Happy New Year!

Many Americans are celebrating the arrival of a new year, but very few actually feel New Year’s Day is one of our nation’s most important holidays. 

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds, in fact, that one-in-four adults (25%) consider New Year's Day one of our least important holidays, while 11% rank it as one of the most important. Sixty percent (60%) view it as somewhere in between the two. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

These findings remain unchanged from previous surveys.

Men and women under the age of 40 tend to view New Year's Day more importantly than their elders.

New Year's Day comes just one week after Christmas, the holiday Americans consistently rate as the most important. But the Fourth of July is a close second.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on December 26-27, 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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