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Look for More Holiday Travelers This Year

Americans appear slightly more likely to travel this holiday season than they were a year ago.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 17% of Adults say they are planning to travel away from home during the holiday season, up from 14% last year at this time. Seventy-eight percent (78%) have no travel plans, comparable to findings in December 2008. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Ten percent (10%) say they are more likely to travel this holiday season compared to previous years, while 51% say they are less likely to do so. Thirty-five percent (35%) say their travel plans are about the same. This, too, looks a lot like two years ago, whereas last December only seven percent (7%) were more likely to travel and 62% were less likely.

The economy seems slightly less to blame this year as well. Forty-two percent (42%) say the bad economy makes them less likely to travel this holiday season compared to years past, but 49% say that’s not the case for them. In December 2009, the responses were even on this question.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on December 8-9, 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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