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CONSUMER PULSE POLL: AMERICANS HIT THE BEACH AND THE BOOKS THIS SUMMER

32% of Respondents Forgoing Summer Vacation

Consumers Reveal Reading Still a Favorite Summer Pastime

Only 57% of Americans Interested in ’16 Olympic Games

WARREN, NJ (July 29, 2016) – With 93 days of summer, Americans are hitting the beach and the books. According to the latest Lightspeed GMI U.S. consumer pulse poll, 31% of respondents will visit the beach this year, 11% plan on city ikZyw45kT4m16vHkHe7u_9647713235_29ce0305d2_o_jpgsightseeing and 10% will plan a hiking/nature trip. However, 32% are staying put: 13% say they’ll stay home and just enjoy time off, and 19% (20% of female and 16% of males respondents) are forgoing a summertime vacation altogether.

2016 Rio Olympic Games
Could it be Olympic fever that’s keeping the non-vacationers close to home? While numerous news reports have expressed concerns about the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the opening ceremony of is on for Friday, August 5th in the Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro. Despite the negative press, 57% of respondents will watch as many events as possible; however, 43% of respondents aren’t interested in watching any of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Note to editors: Survey conducted June 2016 on Lightspeed GMI’s U.S. Mobile Panel; 1,060 respondents age 18+. For more information regarding Lightspeed GMI’s mobile surveys, visit http://www.lightspeedresearch.com/products/lightspeed-gmi-mobile/.

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