America's 8 Most Popular New Year's Resolutions For 2020

When it comes to improving lifestyle habits and decision-making skills, there's no time like the present. Jan. 1, 2020 is fast approaching and so comes another round of New Year's resolutions.

Thirty-eight percent of Americans intend on making New Year's resolutions for 2020, according to the Ispos 2020 New Year's Resolution study.

Dreaming Big, Or Hardly Dreaming?

Among the 38% who will take on resolutions, 20% will be making more than one resolution for the coming year and 18% will focus on a single resolution.

What's the most popular New Year's resolution category for 2020? It's a dead heat.

About half of respondents are focusing on improving their financial situation and making eating healthier foods in the coming year a top priority, according to Ipsos. The survey allowed for more than one option to be selected.

Not far behind, survey data indicates 30% of Americans seek to improve their social life in 2020.

This resolution could take the form of meeting a new romantic partner or spending time with family and friends.

The data was gathered by surveying adults 18 and older from all 50 states on their plans for self-improvement in 2020.

The survey population was weighted by U.S. Census data to ensure accurate representation, according to Ipsos.

How Ambitious Are You?

Twenty-two percent of survey respondents said yes when asked if learning a new skill is a personal goal for 2020.

For this study, learning a new skill applies to starting the journey to learn a new language, playing a sport you were previously unfamiliar with or learning how to play a new instrument.

We've all been there before: putting your efforts into learning a new skill is both a time-consuming and imposing task.

Given the challenges associated with more nuanced resolutions, it's no surprise that 56% of those who disclosed having New Year's resolutions in 2019 report back that their efforts fell short and did not last until the end of the year.

The following is a table of the most popular New Year's resolutions for 2020.


New Year’s Resolution

Proportion of American Adults Who Responded Yes

Improve Financial Situation?


Eat Healthier Foods?


Exercise More? 


Lose Weight?


Improve Mental Health?


Improve Social Life?


Learn a New Skill?


Be More “Green” / “Eco-Friendly”?


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