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Ho, Ho, Ho: Republicans More Generous, Democrats More Grinchy

By Craig Bannister | December 20, 2018 | 10:53am EST
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Unlike Democrat voters, more Republicans are increasing, instead of cutting back, on their holiday gift spending this year, a new national study finds.

In fact, nearly eight times as many Democrats are decreasing (38%) as are increasing (5%) their holiday gift spending, the new Quinnipiac University Poll of 1,147 American voters, conducted Dec. 12-17, 2018, reveals.

Meanwhile, 19% of Republican voters are spending more on holiday gifts and only 15% are spending less. A similar percentage of Independents (17%) will spend more on gifts, but more (23%) are cutting back on their gift budget this holiday season.

Thus, both Republicans and Independents are greater than three times as likely as Democrats to be more generous with their holiday gifts this year (19%-5% and 17%-5%, respectively).

Overall, American voters are twice as likely to shrink (26%) as to boost (13%) their gift expenditures, compared to last year.

"Thinking about this holiday season, do you plan to spend more on gifts this year than last year, less on gifts or about the same as last year?"

Quinnipiac University Poll of 1,147 voters nationwide, Dec. 12-17, 2018

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