Should birthdays be holidays?

June 04, 2013, 3:41 PM GMT+0

More than one out of three U.S. citizens (37%) believes their birthdays should be Federal holidays and entitle them to take off from work, according to the YouGov Omnibus survey taken May 28 - 30, 2013.

Women (41%) and African Americans (48%) are the strongest supporters of the birthday holidays.

One third (32%) approve religious holidays becoming Federal holidays, with the biggest endorsers being women with children under 18 (40%).

If they can’t get their own birthdays off, then 14% would like to have their spouses, children or parent’s birthday as official holidays.

Various other occasions merit becoming Federal holidays, according to the YouGov Omnibus survey: the day after the Super Bowl (9%), Halloween and Valentine’s Day (each 7%), and St Patrick’s Day (6%).

A full one third of Americans (33%) think we have enough days off and don’t need any more.

In addition to Federal holidays, which, if any, of the following holidays do you think your employer should give you off?

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