What do Americans want most this Valentine’s Day? Dinner with someone special, poll says

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Most adults aren’t planning to send or receive flowers this Valentine’s Day, which may be good, since most want something else anyway.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 66% of American adults want dinner with someone special for Valentine’s Day. Just seven percent (7%) want flowers, and just eight percent (8%) want chocolate candy most. Nineteen percent (19%) are not sure what they want. 

Just 11% expect to receive any flowers for Valentine’s Day. Only slightly more (16%) plan to send somebody flowers.

Thirty-one percent (31%) will, indeed, go out for a special Valentine’s Day meal. Ten percent (10%) will go away with someone special for the holiday.

Fifty-two percent (52%), however, will send a Valentine’s Day card to someone this year. Forty-one percent (41%) won’t. Of those that will send a card, 86% will send a traditional greeting card, while only seven percent (7%) will send an e-card.

Overall, these figures are relatively unchanged from the past few years

The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 9-10, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. 

Women are more likely than men to say they want flowers most for Valentines’ Day, while men are equally as likely to want to get chocolate. Most men and women, though, want a special dinner.

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of men intend to send flowers, compared to just five percent (5%) of women. Sixteen percent (16%) of women expect to receive flowers, an expectation shared by just five percent (5%) of men.

Men are more likely to say they will go to dinner or go away with someone special for Valentine’s Day.

Married adults are more likely than unmarried adults to both send and receive flowers on February 14. They’re also more likely to have a special Valentine’s dinner.

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.