December 28, 2010 / 4:48 PM / 7 years ago

Majority of Americans say no to New Year's resolutions: poll

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A majority of Americans do not plan to make a 2011 New Year's resolution, but for those who do, kicking cigarettes and losing weight will be the most common vows, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

About 56 percent of U.S. residents said they will likely not make a New Year's resolution, according to the survey by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, while 44 percent said they might.

Among those making promises to themselves, 17 percent said they want to quit smoking, 16 percent want to lose weight and 13 percent said they want to save money.

The poll also quizzed Americans about their overall outlook for 2011, with 60 percent saying they were more optimistic about the world, against 38 percent who see the coming year more pessimistically.

Marist surveyed 1,029 U.S. residents by telephone in the December 2-8 period. Each region of the country is represented in the poll in proportion to its population, said the polling institute based at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. The statistical margin of error was plus or minus three percent.

Reporting by Basil Katz; Editing by Jerry Norton

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