Online poll: New Year's resolutions passé

Two-thirds of poll respondents didn’t make one in 2012

Although two-thirds of the respondents to the most recent online poll didn’t make a New Year’s resolution in 2012, 41 per cent of those who did said they stuck to their resolution all year long. 

Of the 454 total respondents, 303 of them – 66.7 per cent – said they didn’t make a New Year’s resolution in 2012. 

“It’s not even worth making one these days,” said one person.  

“I couldn’t afford one,” said someone else. 

Most of those who made New Year’s resolutions in 2013 didn’t stick to them very long. Thirty-five people – 7.7 per cent of the total number of respondents and 23.2 per cent of those who made resolutions – said they only lasted one to three days. 

“It was probably more like one to three hours,” said one person. “Hopefully it will be better next year.” 

Another 20 people – 13.2 per cent of those who made resolutions – said they lasted one to three weeks. 

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast,” said one person. 

Twenty-six respondents – 17.2 per cent of those who made resolutions – said they stuck to them one to three months.  

“To be honest, I ran out ambition by month three,” said one person. “But I am looking forward doing better in 2013. Lots of cycling and working out.” 

Sixty-two people – 13.7 per cent of all respondents and 41 per cent of those making resolutions – said they lasted all year.  

“I planned to read the Bible through in a year and so far God has helped me to keep my promise to do so,” said one person. “I have thoroughly enjoyed it and have become closer to Him and I encourage everyone to do this in the new year. God bless.” 

“Since I resolved never to make New Year’s resolutions again, mine lasted all year!” said someone else. 

Eight people – 1.8 per cent of the total – responded “other” to the question. 

“Less than a day,” said one person. “Who can remember that?” commented someone else. “You should ask how long the 2013 resolution has lasted!” 

The poll ran from 24 December, 2012, through 6 January, 2013. 


Next week’s poll question 

What should Cayman’s policy on the herbicide paraquat be? 

It should be banned entirely 

It should be available only to licensed farmers 

It should be available to any adult, but a list kept of importers/purchasers 

It should available to any adult without any restrictions 

Other (write in comments)