New Year's Resolutions: Easier to Make than to Keep New survey shows U.S. adults struggle with their resolutions to lose weight,

get more sleep and stop smoking



    ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A new Wall Street Journal
 Online/Harris Interactive Health-Care Poll shows that while many U.S. adults
 who made health-related New Year's resolutions for 2005 did not meet their
 goals, it apparently did not deter them from making resolutions this year.
 Almost half (48%) of all U.S. adults say they made at least one New Year's
 resolution for 2006, up from 41 percent in 2005. The poll also shows that
 women are more likely than men to have made New Year's resolutions for 2005
 (46% vs. 36%) and 2006 (52% vs. 43%).
     Below are the results of the online survey of 2,243 U.S. adults conducted
 by Harris Interactive(R) between Jan. 9 and 11, 2006 for the Wall Street
 Journal Online's Health Industry Edition.
 
     Other interesting findings from the poll include:
 
     * The most common 2005 New Year's resolutions appear to have been made for
       the benefit of one's physical fitness. One-quarter of adults made
       resolutions to exercise more frequently (26%), lose weight (25%) and eat
       a healthier diet or less food (24%). Fewer adults made resolutions to
       get more sleep (11%), stop smoking (6%), participate in stress-relief
       activities (5%), take medications as prescribed (4%) and consume less
       alcohol (3%).
 
     * Some resolutions proved to be harder than others to achieve. While half
       of those who resolved to take their medications as prescribed (52%) and
       to eat healthier or less food (50%) were successful, only a quarter
       (24%) of those who resolved to stop smoking were successful, and only
       about a third (32%) of those who vowed to get more sleep did so.
 
     * While women may be more likely than men to make New Year's resolutions,
       men as a whole are more likely to say they were successful with their
       2005 resolutions. Men are more likely than women to say that they were
       successful in taking their medications as prescribed (59% vs. 48%),
       eating a healthier diet or less food (55% vs. 46%), exercising more
       frequently (47% vs.40%), participating in stress-relief activities
       (54% vs. 37%), and getting more sleep (36% vs. 28%).
 
 
                                    TABLE 1
                        NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS FOR 2005
   "Did you make any New Year's resolutions last year (to be accomplished in
                                    2005)?"
 
     Base: All adults
                                                                  Gender
                                              All Adults     Males      Females
                                               n=2,243      n=1,039     n=1,204
                                                  %            %           %
 Made a New Year's Resolution for
      2005 (NET)                                 41           36          46
       Exercise more frequently                  26           23          29
       Lose weight                               25           18          32
       Eat a healthier diet or eat less food     24           20          28
       Get more sleep                            11           11          11
       Stop smoking                               6            6           6
       Participate in stress-relief
        activities such as yoga or meditation     5            3           7
       Take my medications as prescribed by
        my doctor                                 4            4           5
       Consume less alcohol                       3            3           4
       Other                                      4            4           3
     I did not make any New Year's
      resolutions for 2005.                      59           64          54
 
     Note: Multiple-response question.
 
 
                                    TABLE 2
                    SUCCESS WITH 2005 NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
          "Which resolutions for 2005 would you say you succeeded in?"
 
     Base: Made a particular New Year's resolution for 2005 (variable base)
 
                                                                  Gender
                                                 Total       Males      Females
                                                   %           %           %
     Take my medications as prescribed
      by my doctor                                52          59          48
     Eat a healthier diet or eat less food        50          55          46
     Exercise more frequently                     43          47          40
     Participate in stress-relief activities
      such as yoga or meditation                  42          54          37
     Consume less alcohol                         42          42          41
     Lose weight                                  36          36          36
     Get more sleep                               32          36          28
     Stop smoking                                 24          27          22
     Other                                        68          80          53
     None                                         32          27          36
 
     Note: Multiple-response question.
 
 
                                    TABLE 3
                        NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS FOR 2006
        "Which New Year's resolutions, if any, have you made for 2006?"
 
     Base: All adults
                                                                  Gender
                                                All Adults    Males     Females
                                                 n=2,243     n=1,039    n=1,204
                                                    %           %          %
     Made a New Year's Resolution for
      2006 (NET)                                   48          43         52
       Exercise more frequently                    30          28         32
       Lose weight                                 29          22         35
       Eat a healthier diet or eat less food       29          24         33
       Get more sleep                              15          13         17
       Stop smoking                                 6           7          6
       Participate in stress-relief activities
        such as yoga or meditation                  6           4          8
       Take my medications as prescribed by
        my doctor                                   5           4          5
       Consume less alcohol                         4           4          3
       Other                                        7           6          8
     I have not made any New Year's
      resolutions for 2006.                        52          57         48
 
     Note: Multiple-response question.
 
 
 Downloadable PDFs of Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive Health-Care
                              Polls are posted at
           http://www.harrisinteractive.com/news/newsletters_wsj.asp.
 
     Methodology
     Harris Interactive conducted this online survey within the United States
 between Jan. 9 and 11, 2006 among a national cross section of 2,243 adults,
 ages 18 years and over. Figures for age, gender, race/ethnicity, education,
 income and region were weighted where necessary to align with population
 proportions. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for
 respondents' propensity to be online.
     In theory, with probability samples of this size, one could say with 95
 percent certainty that the overall results have a sampling error of plus or
 minus 3 percentage points of what they would be if the entire U.S. adult
 population had been polled with complete accuracy. Sampling error for the sub-
 samples listed in the tables is higher and varies. Unfortunately, there are
 several other possible sources of error in polls or surveys that are probably
 more serious than theoretical calculations of sampling error. This includes
 refusals to be interviewed (nonresponse), question wording and question order,
 and weighting. It is impossible to quantify the errors that may result from
 these factors. This online sample is not a probability sample.
     These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National
 Council on Public Polls.
 
     About the Survey
     The Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive Health-Care Poll is an
 exclusive poll that is published in the award-winning Health Industry Edition
 of The Wall Street Journal Online at www.wsj.com/health.
 
     About The Wall Street Journal Online
     The Wall Street Journal Online at WSJ.com, published by Dow Jones &
 Company (NYSE:   DJ; www.dowjones.com), is the largest paid subscription news
 site on the Web. Launched in 1996, the Online Journal continues to attract
 quality subscribers that are at the top of their industries, with 764,000
 subscribers world-wide as of Q3, 2005.
     The Online Journal provides in-depth business news and financial
 information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with insight and analysis,
 including breaking business and technology news and analysis from around the
 world. It draws on the Dow Jones network of more than 1,800 business and
 financial news staff-the largest network of business and financial journalists
 in the world. The Online Journal also features exclusive content, including
 interactive graphics on business and world news, and online-only columns about
 the automotive industry, technology, personal finance and more.
     The Online Journal offers three industry-specific verticals: the
 award-winning Health, Media & Marketing and now Law. Health offers
 authoritative analysis, breaking news and commentary from top industry
 journalists. Media & Marketing is designed for professionals in the
 advertising, marketing, entertainment and media industries. Law is designed to
 provide law firms and attorneys timely information on events and trends
 important to the legal market. Subscribers to all also get access to the full
 content of the Online Journal.
     In 2005, the Online Journal was awarded a Codie Award for Best Online News
 Service for the second consecutive year, and its Health Industry Edition was
 awarded Best Online Science or Technology Service for the third consecutive
 year. In 2004, the Online Journal received an EPpy Award for Best Internet
 Business Service over 1 million monthly visitors.
     The Wall Street Journal Online network includes CareerJournal.com,
 OpinionJournal.com, StartupJournal.com, RealEstateJournal.com and
 CollegeJournal.com.
 
     About Harris Interactive(R)
     Harris Interactive Inc. (www.harrisinteractive.com), based in Rochester,
 New York, is the 13th largest and the fastest-growing market research firm in
 the world, most widely known for The Harris Poll(R) and for its pioneering
 leadership in the online market research industry. Long recognized by its
 clients for delivering insights that enable confident business decisions, the
 Company blends the science of innovative research with the art of strategic
 consulting to deliver knowledge that leads to measurable and enduring value.
     Harris Interactive serves clients worldwide through its United States,
 Europe (www.harrisinteractive.com/europe) and Asia offices, its wholly-owned
 subsidiary Novatris in Paris, France (www.novatris.com), and through an
 independent global network of affiliate market research companies. EOE M/F/D/V
     To become a member of the Harris Poll Online(SM) and be invited to
 participate in future online surveys, go to www.harrispollonline.com.
 
     Press Contacts:
     Robert Christie
     Dow Jones & Company
     212-416-2636
 
     Jennifer Cummings
     Harris Interactive
     585-214-7720
 
 

SOURCE Harris Interactive

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