Poll: Majority still thinks retail stores should not be open on Thanksgiving

siena poll holiday shopping amounts 2013

The percent of respondents (vertical axis) and how much they said they'd be spending on gifts (horizontal axis).

A bunch of bits from the annual Siena Research Institute holiday poll of New York State residents, out this week:

+ 72 percent of respondents said they were either very (28 percent) or somewhat (44 percent) excited about the holiday season.

+ The graph above details how people responded to a question about how much they plan to spend this year on gifts. Of people ages 35-49, 39 percent said they were in the $1000 or more category, as were 30 percent of people who reported there were kids in their household.

+ How much shopping online this year? 28 percent said at least half or more of their shopping -- and 33 percent said none.

+ 29 percent of people reported that they'd be buying a gift for themselves this year.

+ "Do you think retailers should or should not be open to shoppers on Thanksgiving?"
should: 30 percent | should not 64 percent (it was 38-54 in last year's poll)

+ "Will you be shopping for holiday gifts on Thanksgiving day this year at any of the retailers that are open on Thanksgiving?"
yes: 8 percent | no: 87 percent

+ Shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving? yes: 23 percent | no 68 percent

+ Favorite traditional Thanksgiving foods: turkey (37 percent), stuffing or dressing (21 percent), apple pie/pumpkin pie/sweet potatoes (tied at 10 percent each)

+ "Do you think you will gain weight during this holiday season, lose weight or remain at about the same weight as you are now?"
gain: 24 percent | lose: 5 percent | stay the same: 70 percent

SRI says the poll was conducted November 17-21, and the margin of error is +/- 3.9 percentage points.

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