Harris Poll: Most Americans dine out

April 8, 2013 at 5:18 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 8 (UPI) -- Most Americans dine out every month, but a Harris Poll indicates many have cut back recently.

A Harris Interactive survey found 64 percent of U.S. adults say they ate at a fast-food restaurant chain in the past month, 54 percent at a local casual dining establishment, 18 percent at a local fine dining restaurant and 9 percent at a fine dining restaurant chain.

Just 10 percent said they didn't eat out in any of these types of restaurants in the past month.

It might not come as a surprise 73 percent of households with children age 18 and under ate at a fast-food restaurant, but 13 percent said those with children age 18 and under visited a fine dining restaurant chain.

Even though most people said they eat out at least once a month, Americans appear to be cutting back. When asked whether they have eaten out more or less frequently in the past six months -- "less frequently" responses consistently outpaced "more frequently:"

-- 26 percent said they ate less at fast-food restaurant chains, while 14 percent said more.

-- 20 percent said they ate less at local casual dining restaurants, while 14 percent said more.

-- 24 percent said they ate at a casual dining restaurant chain, while 11 percent said more.

-- 21 percent said they ate at a local fine dining restaurant, while 7 percent more.

-- 23 percent said they ate fine dining restaurant chain, while 4 percent more.

The Harris Poll of 2,496 U.S. adults was conducted Feb. 13-18 by Harris Interactive. No margin of error was provided.

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