Poll: 84% of Americans think they have a lot to be thankful for today

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An overwhelming majority of Americans have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving which many will be spending at home.

Just 49% of American adults consider Thanksgiving one of the nation’s most important holidays, but 84% think they have a lot to be thankful for today, little changed from last year. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only four percent (4%) consider Thanksgiving Day one of the least important holidays, while 45% rate it somewhere in between.

This is the second straight year those rating it one of the most important holidays have dipped below 50%. But that still puts Thanksgiving third in terms of importance behind Christmas and Independence Day. Memorial Day  and Veterans Day are tied for fourth most important holidays to Americans.

Forty-four percent (44%) will have Thanksgiving dinner at home this year, while nearly as many (42%) will go to the home of a relative. Just six percent (6%) say they’ll have their meal at a friend’s home, while three percent (3%) will go to a restaurant. Four percent (4%) say they will not have a Thanksgiving dinner. Wherever they plan to eat this year, 45% of Americans say they will probably eat too much. That’s up from 37% last year. Nearly as many (43%) say they won’t overindulge. Twelve percent (12%) aren’t sure.

One-in-four Americans plan to be out of town this Thanksgiving weekend.

Forty-seven percent (47%) plan to watch football today, while 42% do not. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided. While these findings show that slightly fewer Americans will be tuning into the games compared to last year, football has been a Thanksgiving mainstay for roughly half of Americans in surveys since 2007 

Very few Americans (4%) plan to attend a Thanksgiving Day parade.

Thirty percent (13%) say they’ll be doing work for their job today, up slightly from 11% a year ago.

Adults under 40 are slightly more likely than their elders to say they have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, but they place less importance on the holiday itself. Younger adults are also more likely to say they’ll be overeating today.

Married adults and those with children in the home are more likely than adults who are not married and don’t have kids living with them to spend Thanksgiving at home.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of men say they’ll be watching football today, compared to 37% of women. More women than men say they have a lot to be thankful for today.

Ninety percent (90%) of those who consider Thanksgiving one of the most important holidays say they have a lot to be thankful for today. Just 64% of those who rate it as one of the least important holidays agree.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of all Americans now consider their own life good or excellent.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.