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MOST AMERICANS WON'T MAKE NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS, POLL SAYS

Most Americans won't bother making New Year's resolutions, a nationwide poll reported Monday.

And, those who do make such resolutions won't necessarily keep them, according to the survey by Marist College's Institute for Public Opinion.

The nationwide poll found that 63 percent of adults surveyed said they will not make a New Year's promise.

That's up from 56 percent in a survey by the Poughkeepsie-based pollsters conducted two years ago, but the same as in last year's poll.

Of the 37 percent who said they may make a resolution, 19 percent said they will pledge to lose weight in 1998. Another 12 percent said they would spend less while 11 percent said they would quit smoking.

Last year, the top resolution, at 28 percent, was to quit smoking.

On the down side, the Marist pollsters reported that making a resolution is no guarantee of success. Of the 26 percent who made resolutions for last year, 48 percent said they didn't keep them.

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