Most Plan to Pray, Not Party for New Year’s

December 30, 2010 ( – While most Americans don’t plan on partying this New Year’s Eve, a majority (66%) say they will say a prayer.  


According to a Rassussen Reports national telephone survey, only 18% plan to go out to dinner with family or friends this New Year’s Eve. Most (68%) don’t plan on doing so, but 14% are not sure at this point – all results that are nearly identical to those found last year, according to the pollster.   

More than one-in-five (21%) plan to attend a New Year’s Eve party, though nearly two-thirds (64%) do not. Fifteen percent (15%) are still not sure whether they’ll attend a party to ring in 2011. Those numbers are also little changed from last year, according to Rasumussen.  

Nearly half (48%) say they won’t have a drink to celebrate the new year’s arrival, though 42% will.   

Men are a bit more likely than women to attend a party on New Year’s Eve, while women are more likely to say a prayer. Black Americans are also more likely than whites to say a prayer before 2011 begins.  Adults between the ages of 30 and 50 are more likely than their peers to have a drink to celebrate the new year.  

The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on December 26-27, 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.