What are Americans' New Year's resolutions for 2023?

Linley SandersSenior Data Journalist
December 29, 2022, 1:06 AM GMT+0

As the calendar flips to a new year, more than one-third of Americans (37%) say they will have a goal or resolution that they want to accomplish in 2023; another 17% are unsure. Americans who are setting a goal are confident that they will keep their resolutions: 87% of people who will set an objective say they are very or somewhat likely to keep it throughout next year.

A YouGov poll conducted December 16 - 21 found that about one in five Americans say they have resolved to do each of the following in the new year: improve their physical health (20%), save more money (20%), exercise more (19%), or eat healthier (18%). Other people will focus on being happy (17%) or losing weight (17%). Women are slightly more likely than men to say that in 2023 they resolve to eat healthier (23% vs. 13%), lose weight (21% vs. 12%), or travel (14% vs. 7%).

— Carl Bialik contributed to this article.

See the results of this YouGov poll

Methodology: This poll was conducted on December 16 - 21, 2022, among 1,000 U.S. adult citizens. Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel using sample matching. A random sample (stratified by gender, age, race, education, geographic region, and voter registration) was selected from the 2019 American Community Survey. The sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, education, 2020 election turnout and presidential vote, baseline party identification, and current voter registration status. Demographic weighting targets come from the 2019 American Community Survey. Baseline party identification is the respondent’s most recent answer given prior to March 15, 2022, and is weighted to the estimated distribution at that time (33% Democratic, 28% Republican). The margin of error for the overall sample is approximately 3%.

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