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Q: Did Americans Follow CDC Guidelines for Thanksgiving?

A: Most stayed home and had smaller at-home celebrations.

As a follow up to our November 13 post, we asked respondents how they celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday.

We found that most Thanksgiving celebrations took place as planned: 79% of respondents did not experience any last-minute changes to their celebration. Among the last-minute changes that were made, 15% of respondents said they had a change in the number of people attending their gathering.

Additionally, most respondents celebrated as they originally expected. Our latest results reveal that more than half of respondents (60%) stayed home, as they said they would. Only 2% of respondents traveled to another state to see friends or family.

When asked about adapting their gatherings to follow CDC guidelines, 43% of respondents said they had a smaller gathering, and small percentages (less than 5%) of respondents reported additional adaptations (requiring masks, asking guests to get tested beforehand, etc.).


Last updated on December 18, 2020. Please check back for updates.

Results based on surveys of 248 respondents from November 27, 2020 through November 30, 2020. All surveys were conducted online from respondents in the United States.

For more information about our survey techniques, click here to visit our Methods page.


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