April Fools’ Day Survey: 6 in 10 Americans Plan to Play Pranks

The most popular prank target for teenagers? Their friends, of course (34%), followed by their moms (21%).

April Fools’ Day Survey: 6 in 10 Americans Plan to Play Pranks

he most popular prank target for teenagers? Their friends, of course (34%), followed by their moms (21%).

We’re not foolin’ you:
>> 64% of Americans plan to play pranks this year.

To conduct the NationalToday.com April Fools’ Day Survey, the researchers at National Today [www.nationaltoday.com]—America's favorite online destination to commemorate quirky and fun holidays—asked 1,000 Americans about their feelings on everyone’s favorite madcap holiday.

*** NATIONALTODAY.COM APRIL FOOLS’ DAY SURVEY
(survey of 1,000 Americans, conducted on March 19, 2017)

>>  CLOSE TO 85% OF AMERICANS LIKE APRIL FOOLS’ DAY

With only 17% of Americans saying they “dislike” or “hate” April Fool's Day, most respondents don’t plan to be innocent bystanders—6 in 10 will participate in the fun and games. And, among children, 8 in 10 will play pranks.

>> 1 IN 5 AMERICANS PLAN TO PRANK THEIR SIGNIFICANT OTHER

20% of Americans will prank their significant other this year. Among males, the most popular prank is the “scare tactic" (e.g. blood on the floor, rubber snake in a chair), with 18% planning one. But the most popular prank among female respondents is the “mind game” prank (e.g. gradually moving someone's desk until it's far from its original spot)—17% will partake.  

>> 30% OF AMERICANS WILL START PRANK WARS

While 45% of Americans will laugh off any pranks they get dished this year, 1 in 3 Americans will retaliate with a prank of their own. Americans are great sports: only 1 in 10 respondents would get mad if pranked.

>>  AMONG TEENAGERS, THE MOST POPULAR PRANK IS A PRANK PHONE CALL

30% of Americans aged 14-17 plan to indulge in one of the oldest pranks in the book: prank phone calls. Overall, 79% of teenagers plan to play a prank. The most popular prank target for teenagers? Their friends, of course (34%), followed by their moms (21%). 

To learn more about April Fools’ Day, you can visit [nationaltoday.com/us/april-fools-day]. While there, you can also read about other fun holidays, including Red Nose Day [http://nationaltoday.com/uk/red-nose-day/] and National Unfriend Day [http://nationaltoday.com/us/national-unfriend-day/].