WalletHub conducted a nationally representative poll of over 860 people in the U.S. to see what types of resolutions folks are making for 2021, especially in terms of personal finance. We also asked about people’s motivations for making resolutions, their expectations of success and much more. This survey took place from November 16 to November 20, 2020. You can find the complete results in the following infographic.
- Almost 60% of Americans say their New Year’s resolutions will be influenced by COVID-19.
- 43M Americans think New Year’s will never be the same due to COVID-19.
- 62% of Americans think that New Year’s resolutions will be harder to keep in 2021 than 2020.
- 7 in 10 people admit they’ve cheated on a New Year’s resolution before.
This report reflects the results of a nationally representative online survey of over 860 respondents.
After we collected all responses, we normalized the data by age, gender and income so the sample would reflect U.S. demographics.
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|What type of New Year’s resolution are you most likely to make? (select all that apply)|
|Habitual (biting nails, being late, etc.)||22%|
|What type of New Year’s resolution are you least likely to keep? (select all that apply)|
|Habitual (biting nails, being late, etc.)||34%|
|Do you think that 2021 will be worse or better for your wallet than 2020?|
|If you are to make a financial resolution, what would it be?|
|Pay off debt||26%|
|Make more money||17%|
|Improve credit score||5%|
|Did you make a financial resolution last year?|
|How long do you expect to keep your New Year’s resolution?|
|Up to 3 months||18%|
|Not at all||15%|
|Up to 6 months||13%|
|Less than a month||11%|
|Up to 9 months||4%|
|Have you ever cheated on a New Year’s resolution?|
|Will the COVID-19 pandemic influence any of your New Year’s resolutions?|
|When do you think you will be able to celebrate New Year’s normally again?|
|Two years from now||30%|
|It will never be the same||17%|
|Will it be easier or harder to keep New Year’s resolutions in 2021 than last year?|
Note: Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.