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Do you believe in Santa Claus? 31% of New Yorkers say they do

Posted at 11:20 AM, Dec 13, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — In a holiday-themed poll, Siena College Research Institute asked New Yorkers a series of questions on everything from holiday spending to fruitcake. But the final question-- and its answer-- may surprise some.

The poll asked "would you say you believe in Santa Claus or not?" 31% of respondents said they do believe in Santa Claus.

Here are a few other fun stats from the poll:

  • 31% have a real Christmas tree in their home rather than an artificial one.
  • 49% prefer to say "Merry Christmas," versus 41% saying "Happy Holidays."
  • 44% would describe fruitcake as "awful."

In terms of holiday spending, 83% of New Yorkers plan to spend the same or less money on holiday gifts this year. 32% say they would spend $299 or less this year. But the second-largest group, 19% of people polled, say they'll spend more than $1,000.

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