12/19: “Whatever,” AGAIN!

For the sixth consecutive year, “whatever” tops the list as the most annoying word or phrase used in casual conversation.  Americans’ irritability about the term crosses most demographic groups.  However, in the Northeast, “like” and “whatever” are almost equally irksome.  Americans younger than 30 are the least likely to be perturbed by hearing “whatever.” Which word or phrase is thought to be the most overused in 2014?  “Selfie” earns that dubious distinction.  While there is a consensus among most groups, a plurality of residents under 30 consider “hashtag” to... 

12/19: Whatever! Still Oh SO Annoying

December 19, 2013 by  
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For the fifth straight year, Americans consider “whatever” to be the most annoying word or phrase in conversation today.  38% find “whatever” to be the most irritating while 22% report “like” gets on their nerves the most.  “You know” irks 18% of Americans while 14% want to see “just sayin’” stricken from casual conversation.  Six percent detest “obviously,” and 2% are unsure. Click Here for Complete December 19, 2013 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables There has been an increase in the proportion of residents who consider “whatever” to be the most annoying word. ... 

4/11: The Misconceptions about Aging

What are the top five myths about getting older?  A new survey undertaken by Home Instead Senior Care and The Marist Poll highlights some surprising realities of aging. For the results, click here.    Read More →

12/27: “Whatever” Still Viewed as Most Annoying Word or Phrase, Just Sayin’

December 27, 2012 by  
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For the fourth consecutive year, Americans consider “whatever” to be the most annoying word or phrase in conversation.  More than three in ten — 32% — have this view while “like” irritates 21% of residents nationally.  17% are most irked by “you know” while 10% would prefer to ban “just sayin’” from today’s lexicon.  “Twitterverse” annoys 9% of adults while 5% are ticked off by “gotcha.”  Five percent are unsure. Click Here for Complete December 27, 2012 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables In last year’s survey, 38% thought “whatever” to be the most... 

11/14: Alzheimer’s Most Feared Disease

November 15, 2012 by  
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More than any other disease, Americans are afraid of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.  This is according to a survey by Home Instead Senior Care conducted by The Marist Poll. Do Americans think it would be harder to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or to care for someone who has the disease? To find out more, click here.    Read More →

5/21: The Weight Factor? More than Seven in Ten New Yorkers Tie Happiness and Success to Weight

They say money can’t buy happiness, but can being thin?  According to this NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, 72% of New York State adults think someone who is thin is happier than someone who is overweight.  13% disagree and report that a person who is overweight is happier, and 15% are unsure. Click Here for Complete May 21, 2012 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables When it comes to success, the same proportion of New York State adults — 72% — report someone who is thin is more successful while 8% say those who are overweight are.  One in five — 20% — is unsure. Income makes... 

5/17: Drivers Leading Cause of NYC Accidents, Say More Than Two-Thirds

68% of adults in New York City believe people driving cars are the cause of most accidents on city streets.  Nearly one in five — 19% — thinks people riding bicycles are most at fault while 13% blame pedestrians. Click Here for Complete May 17, 2012 NYC NY1-Marist Poll Release and Tables While majorities of residents in the five boroughs think drivers are the cause of most accidents, more in Brooklyn — 74%, the Bronx — 70%, and in Queens and Staten Island — 67% — have this view compared with those in Manhattan — 59%.  About three in ten adults in Manhattan... 

4/16: Money Matters

What difference does $50,000 make in the lives of Americans?  According to this Marist Poll conducted for Home Instead Senior Care, it has a big impact on their quality of life. To read more, click here. Survey Findings for “Money Matters”  Read More →

2/7: Greatest Generation Likes Where It Is in Life

A multigenerational quality of life poll shows that Americans retain a positive outlook despite economic hardships and 76 percent believe “the best is yet to come,” and when they think about the quality of their life in the future, many are optimistic. To read more, click here. Survey findings for Greatest Generation Likes Where It Is in Life  Read More →

1/19: Vote for Colbert? 18% in South Carolina Kinda Somewhat Likely

If Stephen Colbert were to run for president of the United States of South Carolina, almost one in five of South Carolina’s potential Republican primary electorate — 18% — say they are at least kinda somewhat likely to cast their ballot for Colbert.  This includes 4% who are very likely, 7% who are somewhat likely, and 7% who are kinda somewhat likely to support Colbert.  However, 13% report they are not too likely, and 56% say they are not likely at all to back Colbert.  Eight percent don’t know enough about him, and 4% are unsure. Stephen Colbert (Photo Credit: Scott Gries) Click... 

12/28: How Old is Old?

December 28, 2011 by  
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At what age is someone considered old?  The short answer is, “It depends.”  According to this study by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion conducted for Home Instead Senior Care, the answer is based on age. ©istockphoto.com/Antoniooo The age at which someone is considered old increases slightly for each generation.  Among Baby Boomers, old age doesn’t start until 77.  But, to what age do all of the generations want and think they will live?  What role does gender play? For more information about Home Instead Senior Care, go to http://www.homeinstead.com. Survey Findings for “How... 

12/16: Whatever, Still Most Annoying Word, You Know. Like, Seriously? Just Sayin’

December 16, 2011 by  
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It’s that time of the year, again!  It’s time for The Marist Poll to reveal the word or phrase considered to be the most annoying in casual conversation.  And, for the third consecutive year, “whatever” receives the dubious honor.  Nearly four in ten adults nationally — 38% — say “whatever” grates on their nerves the most.  “Like” one in five — 20% — say that verbal filler is the most irritating while 19% despise “you know.”  “Just sayin’” gets on the nerves of 11% of the population compared with 7% who report “seriously” should be banned... 

8/12: Coming to the Neighborhood? More than Six in Ten Support Wal-mart in Community

The possibility of Wal-mart coming to New York City has stirred debate.  Do residents citywide want the store to lay down roots in the five boroughs?  More than six in ten — 64% — support a Wal-mart in their neighborhood while 31% oppose such a move.  Five percent are unsure. ©istockphoto.com/slobo Click Here for Complete August 12th, 2011 NY1-Marist Poll Release and Tables Although a majority of Manhattan residents would welcome the arrival of a Wal-mart, residents in this borough are less likely than those in the other boroughs to do so.  56% of adults in Manhattan support opening... 

5/27: About Four in Ten Prefer Dentist’s Visit to Swimsuit Shopping

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer which means one thing — bathing suit season.  And, just the thought of squeezing into those skimpy garments strikes fear in the hearts of a good amount of Americans. ©istockphoto.com/cdwheatley Click Here for Complete May 27, 2011 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables According to this national Marist Poll, although a majority of residents — 55% — would rather shop for a bathing suit than visit the dentist, a sizeable proportion — 41% — would prefer to take a trip to their dentist.  Four percent are unsure. Women... 

3/4: Road Rules: Re-Testing Drivers at Age 65?

There could be even longer lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles if nearly two-thirds of Americans have their way.  66% of adults nationally think licensed drivers should be required to re-take their road test once they reach the age of 65.  32% believe another road test is not necessary, and 3% are unsure. ©istockphoto.com/ChrisDoDutch Not surprisingly, younger Americans are more in favor of the suggestion than are older ones.  Most — 84% — of those younger than 30 years old, 76% of those 30 to 44, and 62% of those aged 45 to 59 think re-testing drivers at age 65 should be... 

2/13: NY1/YNN-Marist Poll: Romantic Moon Over Manhattan

Romantic Moon over Manhattan ©istockphoto.com/NJPro Perhaps, it’s the iconic scenes in films like An Affair to Remember and When Harry Met Sally or New Yorkers’ own magical memories.  Whatever the reason, more than six in ten New York City residents — 64% — view Manhattan as the city’s most romantic borough.  Brooklyn comes in a distant second with 18% followed by Queens with 9%, Staten Island with 6%, and the Bronx with 3%. Click Here for Complete February 13, 2011 NYC NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables And, fuhgeddaboud borough loyalty!  Manhattan takes the top... 

2/10: “It’s Destiny!” Most Americans Believe in Soul Mates

February 10, 2011 by  
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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, just how many Americans believe in the concept of soul mates?  According to this Marist Poll, nearly 3 in 4 four residents — 73% — do, but 27% do not. ©istockphoto.com/szefei In fact, more Americans have caught the destined love bug.  When Marist last asked this question in its August survey, 66% reported they believed two people are meant to be together compared with 34% who did not. Younger Americans are the most starry-eyed.  80% of those under the age of 30 and 78% of those 30 to 44 believe in the idea of soul mates.  This... 

2/8: Holy Super Powers, Batman! Mind Reading and Time Travel Top List

Superman, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman step aside!  Americans have their own super hero dreams!  The Marist Poll asked which super power U.S. residents would like to have, and they answered.  More than a quarter — 28% — report they would like to have the ability to read people’s minds, and the same proportion — 28% — say they would like to be able to time travel.  The ability to fly is the preference of 16% while 11% say they wish they could teleport.  10% pick invisibility, and 8% are unsure. ©istockphoto.com/yogysic Mind reading tops the list of those in Gen X... 

1/25: President Outshines Athletes, Celebs as Most Wanted Autograph

January 25, 2011 by  
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Presidents have been known to sign an autograph or two as they leave the House Chamber following their State of the Union addresses, but members of the U.S. Congress aren’t the only ones who want the president’s signature.  The Commander in Chief’s John Hancock is the autograph most desired by Americans. ©istockphoto.com/riccardocova When asked from whom they would prefer to receive an autograph, a majority of U.S. residents — 52% — say they would like to get one from the president.  A professional athlete comes in a distant second with 18%.  And, while this year’s Academy... 

1/20: Boomers Expect Less Comfortable Retirement

January 20, 2011 by  
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2011 marks a milestone for one of the most discussed generations — the Baby Boomers.  This year, the Boomers began turning 65 years old.  As they enter this golden stage of life, how optimistic are they about their future? ©istockphoto.com/DNY59 Click Here for Complete January 20, 2011 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables When it comes to their retirement years, a majority of Baby Boomers — 54% — believe they will be less comfortable than other generations before them.  In fact, Boomers are the generation who is least optimistic about post retirement life.  Nearly half —... 

12/14: “Whatever” Retains Title of “Most Annoying Word or Phrase”

December 14, 2010 by  
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It’s “like” “whatever!” ©istockphoto.com/christiangrass According to The Marist Poll, “whatever” remains the most annoying word or phrase in conversation today.  39% of Americans despise the often tossed about term.  The uber-filler “like” is deemed the most irritating by 28%.  “You know what I mean” is considered the biggest verbal gaffe by 15% of the population.  “To tell you the truth” grates the most on 10% while “actually” receives the dubious distinction from 5%.  Three percent are unsure. In October 2009, “whatever” was crowned king with 47%.  Other... 

12/7: The Infamous Day: Most Identify Japan as Pearl Harbor Bombers

December 7, 2010 by  
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Today we mark Pearl Harbor Day.  But, do Americans know which country bombed the United States and prompted its entry into World War II?  Most do. ©istockphoto.com/kcastagnola Nearly nine in ten United States residents — 89% — correctly identify Japan as the nation who attacked the U.S. on December 7, 1941.  Four percent believe another nation carried out the attack, and 7% are unsure. Men (94%), Americans earning $50,000 or more annually (93%), and those 45 years of age and older (92%), are more likely to know the assailants in that infamous attack than are women (85%), residents... 

9/13: WSJ/Marist Poll: MTA Responsible for Service Cuts and Fare Hikes

September 13, 2010 by  
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Who do New York City residents hold responsible for the MTA’s service cuts and fare hikes?  How have these changes impacted how MTA users get around town?  Find out in a Marist Poll conducted exclusively for The Wall Street Journal.  To read the full Wall Street Journal article, click here. ©istockphoto.com/mura Tables for The Marist Poll Conducted Exclusively for the Wall Street Journal: Responsibility for MTA Service Cuts and Fire Hikes Frequency of Using MTA’s Subways, Buses, or Trains Since the Service Cuts and Fare Hikes Impact of Cuts: Travel Impact of Cuts: Walking Marist... 

9/13: Daily News/Marist Poll: Islamic Center Controversy

September 13, 2010 by  
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With which politician do New York City residents most agree when it comes to the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero?  And, if two blocks is too close to the site of the World Trade Center, what is the appropriate distance? New York City residents have their say in the latest NY Daily News/Marist Poll.  To read the full Daily News article, click here. Tables for the Marist Poll Conducted for the Daily News: Politician with Whom Most NYC Residents Agree Regarding the Proposed Islamic Community Center Proximity of Islamic Community Center from Ground Zero Marist Poll Methodology  Read More →

9/11: Daily News/Marist Poll: The Effects of 9/11

What kind of long-term impact have the September 11th attacks had on the personal relationships of New York City residents?  And, how often do they think about that tragic day?  Find out the answers in the latest NY Daily News/Marist Poll.  Click here to read the full Daily News article. ©istockphoto.com/oday222 Tables for the Marist Poll Conducted for the Daily News: Long-term Impact of the 9/11 Attacks Frequency of 9/11 Thoughts Marist Poll Methodology  Read More →

8/24: Impact of MTA Cutbacks

It’s been nearly two months since the MTA’s service cuts took effect.  Are New York City straphangers experiencing a decline in service?  Find out the answer in a Marist Poll conducted for the NY Daily News.  Plus, MTA riders may face sticker shock next year.  Read more about the surprise option in a related Daily News article. ©istockphoto.com/Kombinerki Tables for the the Marist Poll Conducted for the Daily News: Favor or Oppose Cuts to Customer Service and Token Booth Clerks  Read More →

8/23: Acting Most Popular “Dream Job” Among Americans

If Americans could ignore the daily grind of the work day and do a job relatively few people get to do, which profession would they call their “dream job?”  Nearly one-third of U.S. residents — 32% — say they would like to be an actor or an actress.  Following closely behind are 29% who dream of becoming a professional athlete.  13% report they would like to list 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as their working address and be President of the United States.  An additional 13% say they could see themselves as a rock star.  13% are unsure. ©istockphoto.com/dsabo Those in the Northeast... 

8/22: New York City Residents’ Views on Illegal Immigration

Immigration is a hot button topic on today’s political landscape.  What are New York City residents’ views?  Do they think illegal immigration is a major problem in the Big Apple?  Find out the answer in the latest NY Daily News/Marist Poll?  To read the full Daily News article click here. ©istockphoto.com/mattjeacock Tables for The Marist Poll Conducted for the Daily News: Table: Views on Arizona Immigration Law Table: Enforcement of Immigration Laws in NYC Table: Illegal Immigration in NYC Table: NYC Policy Toward Illegal Immigrants Who Are Crime Victims or Witnesses Table: Informing... 

8/16: NY Daily News/Marist Poll — NYC’s Tiny Pests

Stories of bedbug infestations have graced news headlines recently, but just how big of a problem are bedbugs in New York City?  The problem may be bigger than you think!  Find out the answer in the latest NY Daily News/Marist Poll.  To read the full Daily News article click here. ©istockphoto.com/Jot Tables for The Marist Poll Conducted for the Daily News: Bedbug Infestation: Personally Affected Bedbug Infestation: Friend or Relative Bedbug Infestation: Store or Business Bedbug Infestation: Work  Read More →

8/6: Most Americans Hitched to the Right Wagon, But…

95% of married Americans say they tied the knot to the right person while just 5% report they made a mistake and should have married someone else. ©istockphoto.com/jhorrocks Married residents living in the Midwest, West, and South, those who earn $50,000 or more annually, and married residents 18 to 29 are those most likely to say they tied the knot to the right person. But, did married Americans commit to their soul mate?  Not necessarily.  Although most believe they married the right person, fewer married residents — 66% — actually believe in the idea of soul mates.  34%, though,... 

6/14: Soda Tax in NYC

Do New York City residents favor or oppose Governor Paterson’s proposed tax on sugary drinks?  Will it impact their drinking habits? ©istockphoto.com/FuatKose Find out the answer in a Marist Poll conducted exclusively for the Wall Street Journal.  To read the full Wall Street Journal article, click here. Tables for The Marist Poll Conducted Exclusively for the Wall Street Journal: Favor or Oppose Tax on Sugary Drinks Effect of Tax Frequency of Non-diet Soda Drinking Marist Poll Methodology  Read More →

5/19: Street Vendor Purchases in NYC: Charge It?

Just how likely are New York City residents to use a credit card when buying something from a street vendor?  Find out the answer in a Marist Poll conducted exclusively for the Wall Street Journal.  To read the full Wall Street Journal article, click here. ©istockphoto.com/Mari Table for The Marist Poll Conducted Exclusively for the Wall Street Journal: Credit Card Use/Street Vendor Purchase Marist Poll Methodology  Read More →

4/27: Taxi Time in NYC

Have you ever wondered how many New York City residents tune in to the televisions found in New York City taxi cabs?  Find out the answer in a Marist Poll conducted exclusively for The Wall Street Journal.  To read the full Wall Street Journal article click here. ©istockphoto.com/RandyHarris Tables for The Marist Poll Conducted Exclusively for The Wall Street Journal: Taxi Riders Watch TV in Taxi Taxi TV: Annoying or Entertaining Taxi TV: Informative? Marist Poll Methodology  Read More →

3/11: You’ve Got Mail … The U.S. Census

2010 U.S. Census forms are on their way.  Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the count of Americans occurs once every ten years.  And, according to the latest national Marist Poll, 88% of residents say they are, at least, likely to fill out the 2010 Census form.  This includes 64% who are very likely to do so and 24% who are likely to participate.  5% are not very likely to take part in the count, and 7% report they are not likely to do so at all. ©istockphoto.com/adisa Older Americans are more likely to oblige than their younger counterparts.  91% of those 45 or older say they plan to return... 

10/7: “Whatever…” Takes Top Honors as Most Annoying

If you’re like, “whatever,” and someone gives you a mean look, just remember it is what it is – certain sayings rub people the wrong way, you know?  Anyway, at the end of the day, who cares? ©istockphoto.com/firebrandphotography If the above paragraph thoroughly irritated you, you’re probably not alone.  The question is, which word or phrase bothered you the most? Chances are it was “whatever.”  In a recent Marist poll, nearly half of Americans – 47% – said they find “whatever” most annoying.  The other sayings weren’t quite so loathed.  25% say...