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Poll Shows 55 Percent of Americans Will Not Take Summer Vacation

Medioimages/Photodisc(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) -- The majority of U.S. adults -- 55 percent -- say they will not be booking a summer vacation this year, according to an annual survey by Marist Poll. Only 18 percent said they will take several shorter weekend trips while 16 percent said they will take one or more long getaways. The remaining 11 percent said they will do both or "other."

Of the 45 percent of adults who say they will take a vacation this year, 41 percent said they will take several shorter weekend trips, though drivers in Los Angeles bracing themselves for the closure of the major 405 freeway, or "carmageddon," may opt to stay very local this weekend.

The national poll results show the continuing waning of a traditional summer vacation, according to Lee Miringoff, director of Marist Poll at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Marist's survey has asked American adults if they were planning summer vacations since 2000. Those answering affirmatively were 66 percent in 2000, compared to 45 percent this year, the lowest since the survey began. The figure decreased slightly from last year, when 48 percent said they planned to take a summer vacation.

"This is clearly driven by economy," Miringoff said. "The idyllic image of traditional 'pack your bags and head away for a couple weeks' is not what's going on."

Marist conducted the survey from June 15 to June 23 with 1,003 adults over 18. The margin of error was three percentage points.

The unemployment rate rose in June to 9.2 percent, with employers adding only 18,000 jobs that month.

Miringoff said the data may be driven both by lower incomes and less confidence in the economy or one's financial security.

Of the respondents, 34 percent said they have changed their vacation plans this year to save money while two-thirds of respondents said they have not. Mirinoff said there has been little change in the survey results since 2009 when the recession officially ended.

The U.S. recession began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research in September 2010, though the organization did not state the economy has returned to "normal capacity."

In 2009, 65 percent of surveyed results said money concerns did not alter their vacation plans while 35 percent said they were financially restricted.

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Should Baby Boomers Be Encouraged to Work Past Retirement Age?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) -- Seventy-one percent of Americans believe they should be encouraged to work past normal retirement age, says the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, after polling more than 1,000 U.S. adults.

Meanwhile, 69 percent -- including 71 percent of Gen-Xers and 61 percent of Millenials -- say it should be their responsibility to provide for those who retire before them.

"The New Reality of 2011: Baby Boomers at 65" survey was commissioned by Home Instead Senior Care.  Roger Baumgart, CEO of Home Instead, thinks "intergenerational collaboration" is critical to the success of aging Baby Boomers in America's workforce. "We are encouraged to see there is opportunity for intergenerational collaboration to ensure that seniors in America age successfully," he says.

According to the report, Baby Boomers -- born between Jan. 1, 1946 and Dec. 31, 1964 -- are most concerned with finances (48 percent) and health (34 percent) in their life after 65.

Though most Americans believe they should provide for retirees, some feel the economy could suffer because of Baby Boomers.  Sixty-one percent admit they are troubled that Baby Boomers might bankrupt Social Security and 59 percent feel Boomers could overload the healthcare system.

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