Most Americans Think Stores Should Close For Thanksgiving

Nearly a quarter say they or someone in their family will be heading into work on the holiday.
Giselle Basurto shops at a Kmart store in New York on Thanksgiving Day 2014. A HuffPost/YouGov poll finds most Americans thin
Giselle Basurto shops at a Kmart store in New York on Thanksgiving Day 2014. A HuffPost/YouGov poll finds most Americans think retailers should remain closed for the holiday.

Seventy percent of Americans think retailers should close their doors on Thanksgiving Day, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds. Just 12 percent think that stores should remain open, while the remainder aren't sure. 

Views on this issue remain basically unchanged from last year, although in recent weeks, a wave of retailers have pointedly emphasized that they will remain closed on Thanksgiving.

"Imagine a world where the holidays were about people again," TJX, the parent company of Marshalls and T.J. Maxx, implored in one ad (although the decision not to open may have more to do with financial considerations than holiday goodwill).

The poll also found that just 9 percent of Americans say they plan to go shopping this Thanksgiving Day. Sixteen percent say they'll be hunting for deals on Black Friday, a more traditional shopping day, while 29 percent think they'll shop over the weekend. The remainder either aren't planning to go shopping or haven't decided yet.

A significant fraction of those people may be busy at work instead.

Twenty-two percent of Americans say that they or someone in their family will be working on Thanksgiving. Those in higher-income households are more likely to have the holiday off: Twenty-eight percent of those in households making less than $40,000 are working or have a relative who is, compared to just 13 percent of those in households that make $80,000 or more. 

 The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted Nov. 23-25 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

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