It's August. This month, warm, sticky weather will cover most of the country. Many Americans will squeeze in one last vacation before summer ends. Even the U.S. Congress — as do most Europeans. And children will gear up to head back to school, which their parents face with joy or dread.
So you'd think that we have strong feelings about August, right? But unexpectedly, this muggy month of transition isn't Americans' favorite or most-reviled month.
A few years ago, Gallup surveyed 1,000 Americans about the best and worst months and may surprise you. In the survey, May was best but October wasn't too far behind. December and June were tied for third; July and April tied at fifth. The absolute worst months were January and February. The bottom line: We love spring and hate winter.
And when it comes to the preferred days of the week, Americans have a case of the Mondays. That day is the worst for 65% of people. Tuesdays, however, were named favorite by the fewest number of Americans. Go figure. Another surprise: Everybody may be working for the weekend, but 30% of people say Friday is their favorite day — not Saturday or Sunday (which are the second- and third-most popular.) Perhaps looking forward to days off is better than whatever you actually have planned.
It's not the first time Gallup has posed this question: The company conducted a similar poll . Since then, January, August, and September have become far less popular — while October, November, and December have gotten a significant bump in our affections.