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For many, summer didn't mean vacation

Sep. 6, 2011 at 11:27 AM ET

The economic doldrums left many Americans pinching pennies on vacation this summer — if they took a break at all.

Fewer Americans took a summer vacation this year than in the past two years, and the weak economy forced even many who did take a vacation to cut back on spending.

About one-third of American adults took a summer vacation this year, according to a poll conducted in late August by Rasmussen Reports. That’s down from 41 percent last year and 37 percent in 2009.

About half the people who did take a vacation this year and last year said the weak economy forced them to cut back on spending.

The results were based on a survey of 1,000 Americans conducted Aug. 30 and 31.

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