Americans Reveal Their Real Thanksgiving "Turkey"

Survey: Half of Americans Have Used an Excuse to Take a Break from Family During Thanksgiving

Nov 19, 2014, 09:00 ET from Travelocity

SOUTHLAKE, Texas, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A roasted turkey dinner is a tradition many Americans look forward to when traveling for Thanksgiving. But sometimes, when friends and family gather around the holiday dinner table, the real "turkey" is sitting in one of the chairs. When asked to pick who is most likely to be the real "turkey" at their Thanksgiving dinner, the loud mouth (24%) tops the list – followed by the picky eater (21%), and the high-maintenance guest (19%), according to a recent survey by Wakefield Research for Travelocity®.

The Great Escape: When there's a real "turkey" on your Thanksgiving guest list or in your family you might need to get creative. 48% of Americans have used a tactic to take a break from family during Thanksgiving. The top excuse is saying you're not feeling well (27%), followed by going to bed early (16%), faking an errand (10%), and catching up on work (10%).

Traveling Trade Off: Thanksgiving travel isn't always easy, whether you get along with your family or not. 64% of Americans are willing to make some sacrifices if it means making Thanksgiving travel easier. This includes giving up watching the "big game" (27%), being on clean up duty all weekend (24%), giving up dessert (23%), and sitting at the kid's table (21%).

Foodie Thanksgiving: It doesn't look like Americans want to give up on Thanksgiving taste. 65% of Americans would like to see a food trend incorporated into this year's Thanksgiving feast. This includes locally-sourced ingredients (25%), low-carb side dishes (22%), a different main dish than turkey (22%), heavy hors d'oeuvres style (15%), cupcakes instead of pie for dessert (15%), and gluten-free food options (11%).

Survey Methodology

The Travelocity Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research ( among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18+, between October 27th and October 30th, 2014, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18+.Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

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Jina Michael
Citizen Relations

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