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Weekly Pulse Polling: More Americans plan to take vacations this summer

In the summer of 2018, 49 percent of Americans went on a summer vacation; 63 percent plan on taking a vacation this summer

Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2019) – With summer fast approaching, countless Americans are already planning on taking extended vacations in the weeks to come. New polling featured in this week’s Job Creators Network/ Weekly Pulse reveals that most Americans are more likely to go on a summer vacation this year. Some key findings from the data are detailed below:

  • 63 percent of respondents say that they are either “somewhat” or “very” likely to take a long weekend or vacation this summer, compared to only 49 percent who say they took a vacation last summer
  • 55 percent of Americans plan to stay in a hotel while on vacation, while only 25 percent intend to stay with friends or family

“With the economy continuing to gain steam over the past year, it’s no surprise that more Americans are looking forward to a summer getaway,” said Elaine Parker, President of the Job Creators Network Foundation. “Strong free-market policies are clearly resulting in a greater degree of financial security for millions of Americans, allowing countless people to continue the all-American tradition of the summer vacation.”   

Other poll questions in the Weekly Pulse show that a majority of Americans remain confident in the economy with 51 percent of adults saying the economy is excellent or good. Likewise, the job market is holding strong, with 46 percent of adults saying companies in their area are more likely to be hiring new workers—only 17 percent of respondents report that local companies are more likely to be laying off workers.

“Even the shadow of a trade war isn’t enough to chill economic optimism in America,” said pollster Scott Rasmussen. “Looking at the indicators, it’s exciting to see this continued economic vitality because, come July, the U.S. will mark an unprecedented full decade of economic expansion.”

Other polling questions this week included:

How would you rate the US economy today? Excellent (13%), Good (38%), Fair (33%), Poor (13%), Not sure (3%).

Is the economy getting better or worse? Better (32%), Worse (29%), About the same (34%), Not sure (5%).

Okay, how would you rate your own personal finances these days?  Excellent (13%), Good (40%), Fair (32%), Poor (14%), Not sure (2%).

Are your personal finances getting better or worse? Better (30%), Worse (17%), About the same (51%), Not sure (2%).

Are companies in your area more likely to be hiring new workers or laying off existing workers? Hiring new workers (46%), Laying off existing workers (17%), Not sure (38%).


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This poll of 1,060 US adults was conducted June 3-4, 2019. For more information about the Job Creators Network, please visit