Skip to main content
ABC News
Only 44 Percent Of Americans Made New Year’s Resolutions

[soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

I’ve been working with NPR to discuss a number of the week. This time it’s 44 — the percentage of Americans who said in December that they’ll probably make a new year’s resolution for 2015. But research suggests that most of them will fail in their goals before the year is through. Speaking with NPR’s Weekend Edition team, I explored the most common new year’s resolutions (shown in the chart below) and whether failure deters people from trying again next January.

Have a listen and tell us what you think in the comments. You can also read more about our start-of-the-year promises. And if you’re not already sick of hearing it, happy new year!


Mona Chalabi is data editor at the Guardian US, and a columnist at New York Magazine. She was previously a lead news writer for FiveThirtyEight.