Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Federal Holidays?

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Too Many Holidays Believe it or not, a recent survey found that 28 percent of American adults feel there are too many federal holidays. Only 13 percent say there aren't enough, and 53 percent say that the current number of federal holidays is just right. It's obvious that the survey wasn't taken on the last night of a holiday weekend.

The survey was conducted by Rasmussen Reports just prior to the President's Day holiday, held on the third Monday of February since 1971. Rasmussen points out that the day is often erroneously called President's Day because it also falls near Abraham Lincoln's birthday, but there is actually no special day just for him.

Rasmussen also asked respondents ... "If a federal holiday were to be declared honoring another prominent president's birthday, which should it be?" Participants selected their choice from a list of five options: Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy or Ronald Reagan.

Ronald Reagan came in first, with 27 percent, saying he should get the special day. JFK was next, with 20 percent of the vote. Fourteen percent thought that Thomas Jefferson should be recognized with a holiday, and 9 percent said that Franklin D. Roosevelt was the most deserving. Only 2 percent of respondents thought Theodore Roosevelt's birthday was the most worthy candidate for a day off, 4 percent mentioned that they prefer "some other" president, and 23 percent were undecided.

Of the 1,000 people surveyed, Rasmussen found that for some reason, more married people than singles think there are too many federal holidays. According to the study, fewer African Americans think that there are too many federal holidays, as compared with whites and members of other races. And twice as many Republicans as Democrats feel there's an excess of national days off.

There are currently 10 federal holidays each year, and every four years, the inauguration of a new president is also marked by a federal holiday -- although most private businesses do not recognize inauguration day as a day off. The survey found that in January 2009, just before President Obama's inauguration, only 28 percent of those who voted believed that that Inauguration Day should be observed as a national holiday.


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