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2012-02-14 11:20:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking back to the 1950s, the way Americans got their news was pretty simple - it was either their local newspaper or one of the three nightly newscasts. Today, there are a myriad of ways to get news - online news sites, on one's phone, cable television, blogs, and, still local newspapers and nightly newscasts. But with all these different choices, do people trust that each will get them the news fairly and accurately? Overall, the...

2012-01-19 05:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mocana, a company that focuses on device security and mobile security, today announced the release of the latest set of scientific polling data forming a new index of consumer sentiment. The quarterly Device Confidence Index measures how consumers feel about the electronic devices in their lives. The survey, which was run as a baseline last summer, is designed to act as a leading economic indicator of activity in the "Internet of Things"...

2012-01-05 05:04:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The end of the year is a time when Americans traditionally make resolutions for behavior they will adopt or goals they will meet in the year ahead. As 2012 begins fewer than two in five American adults say they will make positive financial changes in the coming year, including paying down their level of debt (39%) and saving more money (36%). These relatively low numbers may be a sign that Americans expect another difficult year...

2011-12-15 14:27:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- One thing the infighting among Republicans may be doing is strengthening President Obama's job approval ratings. While still low, this is the fourth month in a row that the positive numbers have inched upwards. This month just over one-third of Americans (36%) give the President positive ratings for the overall job he is doing and slightly less than two-thirds (64%) give him negative marks. This is up from last month's numbers of 34%...

2011-12-15 05:04:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The annual Harris Poll that measures the numbers of people who think that 19 large industries are "generally honest and trustworthy" finds that the most trusted industries are now supermarkets, hospitals, computer hardware and software companies and online search engines. The poll also finds that industries that the largest numbers of people would like to see "more regulated" are oil, pharmaceutical, health insurance, banking, tobacco and electric and...

2011-12-13 09:33:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the last several years the economy has been one of the hottest topics, and one everyone--including politicians, economists, retailers, business owners, employees and consumers--has been following closely. Much has been said about Americans' cutting back, budgeting, and possibly, a "new normal". The Harris Poll has been tracking Americans' spending and savings plans for over three years and on the whole has not seen a tremendous amount of...

2011-11-30 09:32:00

NORWALK, Conn., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether it's talking on cell phones, fiddling with food and drink, or doing some last-minute grooming, a large majority of adult drivers in the United States admit to being dangerously distracted while behind the wheel, today's Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll found. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100517/NY06256LOGO) Specifically 86 percent of adults admitted to eating/drinking while driving, 59 percent talk on a...

2011-11-29 05:04:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost three years ago the Tea Party movement was born and, at the moment, one-third of Americans (34%) support the movement while two in five oppose it (41%) and one-quarter (25%) are not at all sure. Almost three months ago, another movement, Occupy Wall Street (OWS), began. Currently, two in five U.S. adults (39%) say they support the OWS protests, one-quarter (27%) oppose them, and three in ten (29%) are not familiar with the protests....

2011-11-22 09:02:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The holiday shopping season officially kicks off this Friday with Target enjoying the highest overall Customer Relationship Index score compared to the other discount retailers, Walmart and Kmart. Target leads the way on all three of the core Relationship Index metrics - Rational, Emotional and Behavioral - which are all tied to customer loyalty and key business outcomes. (Logo: <font size="2"...

2011-11-17 05:04:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 2011 has proven to be a difficult year for the U.S. and many Americans--the economy continues to be shaky, unemployment remains high, people are unhappy with their political leaders, and many have been affected by a series of damaging natural disasters. Considering the circumstances it may not be surprising that only a third of U.S. adults say that they will have more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving than they had a few years ago (32%). Over...