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Many Are Feeling Charitable This Christmas

Americans don’t plan to be a Scrooge this Christmas and are instead planning to donate to charity in the name of holiday spirit.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 80% of American Adults say they are at least somewhat likely to make a charitable donation of some kind this year, including 58% who are Very Likely to do so. That’s unchanged from a year ago but down slightly from 84% in 2015 and 85% in 2014. However, the number of Americans feeling charitable this year is still up from 76% four years ago.

Just 18% are not likely to make a donation this year, including seven percent (7%) who are Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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This survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on December 16-17, 2017 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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