Online poll: Most will spend less on Christmas

More than 64 per cent of the respondents to last week’s online poll said they will spend less money this Christmas than they do usually. 

Of the 548 total respondents to the one-week poll, the largest segment – 240 people or 43.8 per cent – said they would spend a lot less than usual.  

“I’m broke,” said one person. 

“I cannot find a job, so I will be lucky if I can buy KFC come Xmas!” said someone else. 

“Government and insurance companies have all my kids’ Christmas money,” commented another person. 

Another 112 respondents – 20.5 per cent – said they would spend a little less than usual. 

“This year we are focusing more on giving memories by spending more time together, with meals, games, etc.,” said one person. “Less money will be spent on gifts.” 

“Christmas is evil around here,” said another person. 

About a quarter of the respondents – 133 people or 24.2 per cent – said they will spend the same as usual for Christmas. 

“Christmas is about spending time with the one you love, music, decorations and food, not presents,” said one person.  

“I never spend much or expect much; it is about the spirit of Christmas!” 

Twenty-eight people – 5.1 per cent – said they would spend a little more than usual. 

“Gotta keep the wife happy,” said one respondent. 

Only 19 people – 3.5 per cent – said they would spend a lot more than usual, but none of them left comments. 

Sixteen people – 2.9 per cent – responded ‘other’ to the question.  

“I cook for Christmas – I don’t buy gifts,” said one person. “It’s about family, not presents.” 

“I won’t spend a dime,” said someone else. “I can’t afford anything with the prices of goods and increased bills we have today.” 

Several other people said they wouldn’t be spending anything at all on Christmas. 

“Bah humbug!” commented one person.  

“Christmas is just a money racket to support the devilish economy,” said someone else. 

Next week’s poll question 

Do you support the Dart Deal? 



A little bit 

Not at all 

I don’t know


  1. Spending less when facing challenging economic times makes sense. That was precisely what the PPM were encouraged to do at the onset of the global recession – spend less – but they refused.

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