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54% Regard Thanksgiving as One of the Most Important Holidays

Most Americans continue to view Thanksgiving as one of the nation's most important holidays. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of Adults think of Thanksgiving Day that way. Only four percent (4%) say it's one of the least important holidays, while 40% say it’s somewhere in between.  These findings show little change from this time last year. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

How does this compare to other holidays?  Generally, Christmas and the Fourth of July rate higher, while Memorial Day and Veterans Day are nearly as popular as Thanksgiving. Halloween and St. Patrick's Day are near the bottom of the list.

An overwhelming majority (86%) say they have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  Ten percent (10%) disagree and say they do not have a lot to be thankful for. These findings have changed little over the years.

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