Another study by social scientists that proves the perfectly obvious: people like Thanksgiving:
Consensus at last: almost all Americans – from coast to coast and across stiffening party lines – have favorable views of Thanksgiving dinner, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Overall, 93 percent say they have positive views of the traditional meal, including 77 percent who say so “strongly.”
Not everyone, however, is equally enthusiastic about Thursday’s main event. Fully 89 percent of Republicans have strongly favorable views of Thanksgiving dinner, a number that slides to 77 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of independents.
Across regions, those in the Midwest and South are significantly more positive about the upcoming festivities than are those who live in the Northeast or the West.
According to the accompanying chart, 98% of Republicans have a “strongly favorable” or “favorable” impression of Thanksgiving, 92% of Democrats do, and 91% of Independents; by ethnicity, 95% of Whites, 90% of Hispanics; 86% of African-Americans; by region, 92% of those who live in the Northeast like Thanksgiving, with the Midwest 94%, the South 93%, and the West 91%. By sex, 93% of both women and men like it, though more women are “strongly favorable” at 78%, compared to men at 74%.
How do you account for the gaps and the differences? I can see someone who does not have a happy family to go to not liking to have his nose rubbed in it by the holiday. And I can see someone who does not have very much saddened by the abundance that everyone else is taking for granted. And I can see someone who is saddled with all of the work in preparing the Thanksgiving feast not thinking it is too much fun. We should remember people like that and do what we can for them.
But is there anything more to these statistics than that? Why would one out of ten people in the West not even like Thanksgiving? And what is it with one out of ten Independents scrooging* out on the holiday?
[I may have just invented a new word: “to scrooge” v. To actively dislike a holiday.]