The majority of New Yorkers said they would give to charity and volunteer during the holiday season, and 60 percent said they would remember 2013 fondly, a Siena Research Institute poll released Wednesday found.
But fewer New Yorkers believe in Santa, the poll found.
Residents who believe in Santa Claus decreased from 37 percent last year to 30 percent this year, Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl reports. Belief in Santa Claus is most common in older New Yorkers and also more common in women than men. Catholics and Republicans are more likely to believe in Santa Claus, the poll found.
During the holiday season, 73 percent of residents said they would have a Christmas tree in their home, down from 75 percent in 2012. Fifty-seven percent of residents polled said they would have an artificial tree in their home over a real one, a decrease from last year as real trees rose from 39 percent in 2012 to 42 percent this year.
Seventy-six of residents polled said they plan to make donations to charitable organizations and volunteer to help those less fortunate this year.
Forty-seven percent of residents polled said they use “Merry Christmas” as a greeting, down from 55 percent in 2012. In 2012, 38 percent of residents said they use “Happy Holidays,” this year 44 percent said they will use “Happy Holidays” over “Merry Christmas.”
“2013 may not have been perfect, but a majority of New Yorkers feel as though they moved in the right direction and plan to file the last twelve months under warm memories,” Siena Research Institute Director Don Levy said in a statement. “Looking ahead, thirty-four percent plan to make New Year’s resolutions with getting in shape, being healthier and being a better person topping the list.”
Less than half of New Yorkers are glad to see 2013 come to a close and are ready for a fresh start in 2014.
New Year’s resolutions are down from 39 percent last year, but losing weight, being healthier, and being a better person were still the top resolutions in both 2012 and 2013.
“No matter what your favorite greeting is, or whether or not you set up a tree, we at the Siena College Research Institute wish you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year,” Levy said in a statement.
The poll surveyed 631 New York residents from Nov. 17-21. It had a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points.