HPU Poll: Pandemic Won’t Hinder Travel or Gatherings This Year

Nov 24th, 2021

HPU Poll: Pandemic Won’t Hinder Travel or Gatherings This Year

61% of poll participants are concerned about shipping delays, while 43% have been impacted by gas prices.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 24, 2021 – In a new High Point University Poll, a majority (68%) of North Carolinians say that the coronavirus pandemic won’t prevent them from traveling for the holidays this year, while almost one-third (29%) say the pandemic will prevent them from traveling.

Another majority (72%) of North Carolinians also say the pandemic won’t prevent them from gathering with friends and family during the holidays this year, while it will prevent about one-third (27%) of respondents.

Almost half (48%) of North Carolinians said that the coronavirus pandemic won’t affect their holiday plans much at all this year. Another 48% said that the pandemic will affect their holiday plans a little or a lot. Only 4% didn’t offer an opinion either way.

Supply Chain Delays

Most (51%) North Carolinians said that they have heard a lot about supply chain challenges and shipping delays affecting consumers across the country. About one-third (35%) of those polled have only heard a little about the challenges and delays, while 11% say they haven’t heard much at all.

Almost two-thirds (61%) of poll participants say that when it comes to holiday shopping this year, they are either very concerned or somewhat concerned about shipping delays. About 1 in 5 (21%) say that they are not very concerned about delays, while 16% say that they are not at all concerned.

The HPU Poll asked participants when they planned to shop for holiday gifts and décor this year. Almost half (48%) say about the same time as last year, 35% say earlier and only 8% say later this year.

Gas Prices

Lastly, the HPU Poll asked North Carolinians about rising gas prices. About 2 in 5 (43%) of poll respondents say that the rising gas prices have affected them a lot, and over one-third (37%) say the rising gas prices are affecting them a little. Only 18% say that the rising gas prices haven’t affected them much at all.

“The most recent HPU Poll asked North Carolinians about holiday travel plans with respect to the current pandemic,” says Brian McDonald, associate director of the HPU Poll and adjunct instructor. “A majority of poll respondents told us that the coronavirus pandemic won’t prevent them from traveling this holiday or gathering with family.”

HPU Poll Shipping Delays

NC residents – Supply Chain (November 2021)

How much have you heard about supply chain challenges and shipping delays affecting consumers across the country?

A lot – 51%

A little – 35%

Not much at all – 11%

Unsure – 3%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed Nov. 11 – Nov. 19, n = 867 and credibility interval is +/- 3.6%)

 

 NC residents – Holiday Shipping Delays (November 2021)

When it comes to holiday shopping this year, how concerned are you about shipping delays? Would you say you are very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, or not at all concerned about delays?

Very concerned – 22%

Somewhat concerned – 39%

Not very concerned – 21%

Not at all concerned – 16%

Unsure – 3%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed Nov. 11 – Nov. 19, n = 867 and credibility interval is +/- 3.6%)

 

NC residents – Holiday Shopping (November 2021)

Do you plan to shop for holiday gifts and décor earlier, later, or about the same time this year as last year?

Earlier – 35%

Later – 8%

About the same time as last year – 48%

Unsure – 8%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed Nov. 11 – Nov. 19, n = 867 and credibility interval is +/- 3.6%)

 

NC residents – Pandemic and Holiday (November 2021)

How much will the coronavirus pandemic affect your holiday plans this year?

A lot – 17%

A little – 31%

Not much at all – 48%

Unsure – 4%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed Nov. 11 – Nov. 19, n = 867 and credibility interval is +/- 3.6%)

 

NC residents – Pandemic and Travel (November 2021)

Will the coronavirus pandemic prevent you from traveling for the holidays this year?

Yes – 29%

No – 68%

Refused– 3%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed Nov. 11 – Nov. 19, n = 867 and credibility interval is +/- 3.6%)

 

NC residents – Pandemic and Family (November 2021)

Will the coronavirus pandemic prevent you from gathering with friends and family during the holidays this year?

Yes – 27%

No – 72%

Refused– 1%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed Nov. 11 – Nov. 19, n = 867 and credibility interval is +/- 3.6%)

 

NC residents – Gas Prices (November 2021)

How much have rising gas prices affected you?

A lot – 43%

A little – 37%

Not much at all – 18%

Unsure – 2%

(Telephone and online interviews with North Carolina residents, surveyed Nov. 11 – Nov. 19, n = 867 and credibility interval is +/- 3.6%)

The most recent HPU Poll was fielded by live interviewers at the High Point University Survey Research Center calling on Nov. 11 through Nov. 19, 2021, and an online survey was fielded at the same time. The responses from a sample of all North Carolina counties came from 867 adults interviewed online (811 respondents) as well as landline or cellular telephones (56 respondents). The Survey Research Center contracted with dynata, formerly Research Now SSI, to acquire these samples, and fielded the online survey using the SRC’s Qualtrics platform. This is a combined sample of live phone interviews and online interviews. The online sampling is from a panel of respondents, so their participation does not adhere to usual assumptions associated with random selection. Therefore, it is not appropriate to assign a classic margin of sampling error for the results. In this case, the SRC provides a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points to account for a traditional 95% confidence interval for the estimates (plus or minus 3.3 percentage points) and a design effect of 1.2 (based on the weighting).The data is weighted toward population estimates for age, gender, race/ethnicity, and education based on U.S. Census numbers for North Carolina. Factors such as question wording and other methodological choices in conducting survey research can introduce additional errors into the findings of opinion polls. Details from this survey are available here.

Further results and methodological details from the most recent survey and past studies can be found at the Survey Research Center website. The materials online include past press releases as well as memos summarizing the findings (including approval ratings) for each poll since 2010.

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Dr. Martin Kifer, chair and associate professor of political science, serves as the director of the HPU Poll, and Brian McDonald is the associate director of the HPU Poll.