Poll: More Praying, Less Partying This New Year’s Eve

Half say they're not drinking to ring in 2011

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Fewer Americans may be going out for New Year’s Eve, but more may say a prayer for heading to the party.

A recent Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of adults around the nation shows less than 20 percent are planning to have dinner with friends and family to ring in 2011, while nearly half say they are unlikely to drink alcohol during the festivities.

KNX 1070’s Chris Sedens reports a national trade organization expects heavy spending on New Year’s Eve partying.

But one trend that hasn’t changed from 2009: nearly 66 percent say they will say a prayer for the upcoming year before the clock strikes midnight on Friday.

The survey shows women are more likely than men to pray for the new year, while males are more likely to attend at least one party. Results also indicate black Americans are also more likely than their white counterparts to take time out to pray.

And when it comes to booze, adults between 30 to 50 years old are the most likely to drink in 2011 with at least one alcoholic beverage.

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  • Thomas Bleming

    I plan to stay at my ranch, here in Lusk, Wyoming and will
    quietly observe the New Years as I have done last New Years eve.
    I seldom, if ever, party when I am in the Unted States.
    I am an international photojournalist as well as an author and it is only when I am abroad, in some other country, on assignment, that I
    feel lively enough and in the mood to party with others.

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