Most Americans Will Eat Thanksgiving Dinner At Home: AIG Survey

NEW YORK -- Nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of Americans will not be traveling this Thanksgiving holiday, despite it being one of the most well traveled holidays, according to a recent survey by AIG Auto Insurance.

However, 31 percent of Americans plan to drive to their Thanksgiving destination. Regardless of Americans' travel plans, spending time with friends and family is key this Thanksgiving.

"On the holiday known to be the heaviest traffic day in America, we were surprised to find that a majority of Americans will spend Thanksgiving at home," said Elise Martin of AIG Auto Insurance. "However, we learned some surprising tidbits about Americans' Thanksgiving preferences -- from the preferred person cooking the meal to which TV family they most resemble during the holiday."

The majority of Americans, 57 percent, prefer that Mom cooks the meal rather than a celebrity chef. However, those who appreciated a gourmet twist are most likely to choose Emeril Lagasse (20 percent), followed by Martha Stewart (11 percent), Rachael Ray (9 percent) and Mario Batali (3 percent).

Speaking of celebrities, the majority of Americans think their Thanksgiving dinner table most resembles that of the Cleavers (36 percent). Twenty-six percent liken their turkey table to the cast of Friends and 23 percent see the Simpsons as their spitting image. Eight percent believe their family most resembles the Sopranos and another eight percent say they are most like the Addams Family.

Only, 10 percent of Americans take post-turkey naps, according to the survey. The majority of women, 60 percent, clean up right away while most men, 42 percent, head for the TV. Additionally, 11 percent of Americans unbutton their pants post-dinner.

AIG Auto Insurance commissioned Russell Research of New York, N.Y., to conduct an online survey Oct. 28-Oct. 31, 2005. They interviewed 1,051 American adults, 18 years old and older.
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