Just 28% planning annual summer vacation, 72% worry about high gasoline prices
NEW YORK, July 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than half of Americans appear to have put off their plans for this year's summer vacation. And many of those who do plan to take vacation, will likely spend less money than last year.
Public Opinion polling firm StrategyOne recently surveyed more than 1,000 Americans about a range of topics and found that less than 3 in 10 Americans (28%) plan to take a summer vacation this summer. 16% say they have not decided whether they will take a summer vacation or not, and more than half, 56%, have already ruled out taking a summer vacation.
"Forget the beach and the sunscreen, more than half the country is deciding they will forego a summer vacation in 2010," said Bradley Honan, Vice President of StrategyOne, who authored the study.
The vast majority of those who are taking a summer vacation plan to stay within the US (76%), compared with 13% who will travel internationally. A lucky few - 12% - plan to have summer vacations that include time off in the United States and somewhere abroad.
One area of concern is the impact of the rising price of fuel. 3 in 4 Americans (72%) say they are concerned about gas prices this summer as it relates to their family vacation.
With the vast majority (88%) of those who are traveling domestically for vacation reporting they are traveling more than 100 miles away from home, fuel prices will likely stay top of mind.
Additionally, with the troubled economy continuing to dominate Americans' minds, travelers are undoubtedly acting more frugally this summer - nearly half of those planning on taking a summer vacation (48%) say they are spending less than they spent on their last vacation.
StrategyOne conducted 1,050 online interviews among a representative sampling of Americans between June 25 and 27, 2010. The overall margin of sampling error at the 95% level of confidence is = +/- 3.02% overall and larger for subgroups. Statistical weights were designed from the United States Census Bureau statistics.
With offices in Atlanta, Chicago, London, New York, Paris, San Mateo, and Washington, D.C., StrategyOne, a Daniel J. Edelman company, employs custom public opinion research and secondary research methodologies to deliver strategic counsel to corporate, organizational and governmental clients globally. Visit www.strategyone.net for more information.
Full Question Texts & Survey Data:
Question text: This summer, will you be taking a summer vacation or not?
Yes, will be taking a summer vacation
No, will not be taking a summer vacation
Haven't decided yet
Question text: Will your summer vacation be domestic, meaning your summer vacation will be within the United States, or international, meaning your summer vacation will be outside of the United States? (asked of those who will be taking a vacation)
Question text: For your domestic vacation, will you be travelling more than 100 miles away from home? (asked of those who will be taking a domestic summer vacation)
Question text: Are you spending more or less money on your summer vacation this year than you spent on the last summer vacation you took? (asked of those who will be taking a vacation)
Spending more money on this year's summer vacation
Spending less money on this year's summer vacation
Question text: How concerned are you about rising gas prices as it relates to your summer vacation plans? Are you…
Not very concerned
Not at all concerned