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  Thanksgiving 2005

Survey of 1,000 Adults

November 21-22, 2005

Where will you eat Thanksgiving dinner?

Home 44%
Relative's Home 43%
Friend's Home 6%
Restaurant 3%
No Thanksgiving Dinner 2%


Main Course?

Turkey 81%
Ham 8%
Something else 7%



November 23, 2005--Forty-four percent (44%) of Americans will have Thanksgiving dinner at home this year. Another 43% will be celebrating the meal at the home of a relative.

A Rasmussen Reports holiday survey found that 6% will be at a friend's home, 3% at a restaurant, and 2% will not have a thanksgiving dinner.

Turkey will be the main course for 81% of Americans. Eight percent (8%) will enjoy Ham, while 7% will opt for some other meal.

Forty-eight percent percent (48%) of Americans will watch football on TV, including 56% of men and 40% of women.

Forty-six percent (46%) of Americans say they will eat too much. That includes 62% of adults under 30 but just 28% of those over 65.

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Sixteen percent (16%) of Americans say that they will do at least some work for their job on Thanksgiving Day. That figure includes 27% of men under 40.

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The telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports November 21-22, 2005.  The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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