Holiday season spending may increase this year, says poll

According to a new Siena College survey, Christmas cheer may be in the air, as excitement for the holiday season has increased among New Yorkers this year.

Eighty-five percent of people polled plan to celebrate Christmas and ‘Merry Christmas’ is still the top holiday greeting. One-third of New York residents still even say they believe in Santa Claus.

The ninth annual Statewide Poll of Holiday Spending, released by Siena College Research Institute (SCRI) on Monday, indicated that holiday celebrations will remain largely unchanged but estimate there will be an increase in holiday spending.

“With more than two-thirds at least somewhat excited about the holiday season, overall consumer sentiment up slightly from a year ago, and appreciably from 2014, spending may well exceed best-laid plans,” according to SCRI Director Don Levy, Ph. D.

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