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Elon Poll: Thankful for family & health, N.C. residents down on economy & retail spending

Monday, November 25th, 2013

ELON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — With the approach of Thanksgiving and “Black Friday,” a third of North Carolinians say they plan to spend less money on gifts this holiday season than in previous years with just 20 percent planning to spend more, according to the latest Elon University Poll.

Nearly half of all state residents – 46 percent – say they will spend about the same as shoppers reflect a general pessimism about the economy. Four out of 10 respondents in the most recent poll said they believe the economy will worsen over the next year, compared to only 33 percent who think it will get better.

The live-caller, dual frame (landline and cell phone) survey of 732 North Carolina residents was conducted Nov. 15-18, 2013, and has a margin of error of 3.64 percentage points.

“The holiday shopping season will be shorter than usual because Thanksgiving is happening so late in November,” said assistant professor Kenneth Fernandez, director of the Elon University Poll. “This could have an important impact on the profits of many retailers, since about 20 percent of annual retail sales occur during the holiday season.”


Before Christmas arrives, though, North Carolinians will celebrate Thanksgiving. And “getting presents” is not high on the list of what they are most thankful for. Not surprisingly, 47 percent of respondents said they are most thankful for family, followed by 17 percent who listed their health.


Of the 83 percent of respondents who said they plan to shop during the holidays, more plan to shop online on “Cyber Monday” (33 percent), the Monday following Thanksgiving when retailers promote online sales, than to hit the stores on “Black Friday” (26 percent), the day after Thanksgiving nicknamed for the point in the year where retailers have been said to move into the “black” on annual profits.

Eleven percent said they plan to shop on both days. More women (30 percent) than men (21 percent) plan to shop on Black Friday. Cyber Monday shopping will be done equally by men and women.

“Although more respondents said they would shop on Cyber Monday than on Black Friday, most gifts will be purchased in stores,” Fernandez said. “On average, residents plan to do about 30 percent of their shopping online.”


Top on many North Carolinians’ shopping lists are electronics. Seventeen percent of respondents named a video game or video game console when asked what gift “your friends and family seem most excited about this holiday season.” PlayStation/PS4 was mentioned the most, followed closely by Xbox/Xbox One.

Still, the general gloom expressed about the economy may dampen a willingness to crack open wallets this holiday season.

“Most North Carolinians believe the economy will at best stay the same or, more likely, worsen over the next year,” said Assistant Professor Jason Husser, assistant director of the Elon University Poll. “The pessimism is reflected in people saying they will spend less this holiday season.”


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Atkinson man arrested in connection to insurance fraud

Monday, November 25th, 2013

A man from Atkinson was recently arrested in connection to insurance fraud.

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Seat belt enforcement paying off for one area county

Monday, November 25th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies across the state are targeting speeders and aggressive drivers this holiday. Officers are also focusing on increasing seat belt use during the busy holiday weekend and beyond.

The holiday travel season has begun. Monday, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program kicked off its Thanksgiving “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

“It is very important that folks buckle up,” GHSP’s Don Nail said. “If they are involved in a crash, then it lessens the injuries that they will sustain if they are buckled.”

Brunswick, Columbus and New Hanover counties have traffic units in place, focused on increasing seat belt use.

Highway Patrol says speed and aggressive drivers are the leading cause of traffic deaths in our state. New Hanover County roads annually rank among the state’s most dangerous.

“For Wilmington, unfortunately, we are one of the highest cities for traffic collisions and some other issues, and that’s the purpose of these campaigns,” New Hanover County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said.

Columbus County is just one of the counties seeing results from strong seat belt enforcement efforts.

“Sheriff (Chris) Batten saw a need to increase the seat belt usage, because it was so low in the past few years,” Capt. Bobby Worley said.

Worley says the county’s seat belt usage last year was at 78 percent. He says with the help of two officers funded from a state grant, now 90 percent of drivers in the county are buckling up.

The Highway Patrol says last year 15 motorists were killed and 391 were injured on North Carolina highways during the holiday season.

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Panthers get prime time treatment in December

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The NFL has moved the Panthers game against the New Orleans Saints on December 8th to Sunday Night Football.

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First Alert Weather: Cold weather moving out, big storm headed this way

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Cold conditions quickly replaced by a wet and windy storm.

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