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New Yorkers short on leisure

Relax.

That is, if you have time.

According to a Siena Research Institute Poll released Thursday, April 16, New Yorkers do not have as much leisure time as they would like during weekdays.

The poll indicates that 38 percent of New Yorkers say they have less than two hours to do a leisure activity during the week, with men having more time for leisure than women, said Don Levy, director of the Siena Research Institute.

Levy said researchers compiled a sample size that is standard for nearly all of their polls of 623 subjects statewide, resulting in a 3.9 percent margin of error.

All those surveyed were asked how much time they spend in leisure and what types of activities they do in their leisure time.

The way we defined [leisure] here was time spent neither at work, preparing for or commuting back and forth to work, or engaged in household responsibilities, said Levy. "[It is] whatever time is left over after things you have to do or think you have to do."

What researchers found was that "New Yorkers don't have as much fun as they would like to have," said Levy. "We think it's a little bit of a social statement."

According to the results, 80 percent of the people surveyed said that it is through leisure that they bring strength in the relationships in their lives, Levy said.

"So, if you don't get to do those things, you don't have the wherewithal to build the strength in these relationships or be yourself," said Levy.

The results showed that 54 percent of people said that on weekdays they have four or more hours to devote to leisure.

But on the weekends, 62 percent of men said they have leisure time, whereas 46 percent of women said they have leisure time on the weekends.

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