The holidays by the numbers


One in five New Yorkers plan to spend $1,000 or more on gifts alone, this holiday season, that’s according to a new statewide Siena poll released. Pollsters surveyed five hundred New Yorkers on their holiday spending plans and found 40% of shoppers will do at least half of their shopping online.

Turns out, New Yorkers are pretty generous as well with more than half 68 percent donating help to the needy through out the holidays.

As far as budgets go, 19 percent of New Yorkers said they planned to spend $1000 or more on gifts during the season, while just over half, 53 percent, have budgeted to stay under $500 for gifts.

If you are wondering what the more popular greeting is this season, Merry Christmas still wins out. Forty-nine percent of the participants of the survey chose ‘Merry Christmas’ as their preferred greeting over ‘Happy Holidays’ which forty-one percent picked.

The magic of the season still seems to be alive, as one third of New Yorkers still believe in a jolly old elf.  Survey showed, thirty-one percent of all New Yorkers still believe in Santa.

Seventy-two percent will be putting up a Christmas Tree, but sixty-nine percent say they’ll be using an artificial tree rather than the real thing.

The Siena College Research Institute has more holiday numbers that have been crunched by pollsters.  You can find them at :

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