6/21: Is Technology “Dumbing Down” Society?

Americans perceive technological advances to be a double-edged sword and divide about whether or not technology makes us smarter or dumber, according to an Exclusive Point Taken-Marist Poll, commissioned by WGBH Boston for its new late-night, multi-platform PBS debate series Point Taken.  Despite the perceived technological pitfalls, a slim majority of Americans consider the benefits of technology to outweigh the privacy risks associated with it. The national survey was conducted by The Marist Poll in advance of this week’s Point Taken episode, airing Tuesday, June 21st at 11pmET (check local... 

4/27: Nuclear Worries: Nearly Six in Ten Concerned Catastrophe Could Strike in States

April 27, 2011 by  
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Japan’s nuclear crisis has raised questions about whether or not an emergency of that proportion could occur in the United States.  According to this McClatchy-Marist Poll, nearly six in ten Americans — 57% — say it could happen here.  Included here are 16% who think it is very likely and 41% who say a nuclear power plant emergency is likely.  However, 31% believe it is not very likely, and 9% report it is not likely at all to happen.  Just 2%are unsure. ©istockphoto.com/caracterdesign Click Here for Complete April 27, 2011 USA McClatchy-Marist Poll Release and Tables “Americans... 

4/26: McClatchy-Marist Poll

April 26, 2011 by  
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Are Americans concerned about a nuclear emergency in the United States?  Do they think the nation is prepared to deal with such an incident, and would they view such a disaster as an accident or an act of terrorism?  Find out in the latest national McClatchy-Marist Poll.  To read the full article, click here. ©istockphoto.com/albla Complete Tables for McClatchy-Marist Poll.  Read More →

10/21: A Quarter of Americans Watch TV Shows Online or On Their Own Time

October 21, 2010 by  
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68% of U.S. residents report they watch television shows in real time on their TV’s.  However, 16% record programs using a DVR to watch them at a later time.  9% watch their shows online while 7% do not watch television. ©istockphoto.com/roundhill There is a generation gap.  Americans 45 and older — 77% — are more likely to watch TV shows in the traditional way compared with 56% of those younger than 45.  By nearly a two-to-one margin, younger Americans — 22% — are more likely than are those 45 and older — 12% — to catch up with their favorite shows later... 

4/20: Internet Affects Views on Plagiarism

April 20, 2010 by  
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Has the Internet made it more or less acceptable for a person to use and claim another person’s work as his or her own? ©istockphoto.com/f4f Most Americans believe the Internet has had an impact on the way they view the practice of plagiarism.  According to the latest national Marist Poll, half of residents say the technology makes it less acceptable while 35% believe it makes it more acceptable.  Just 8% think the Internet has had no impact on the acceptability of plagiarism, and 7% are unsure. There is a slight generation gap on this question.  A majority of Americans under the age... 

12/18: Technology’s Impact on Relationships

December 18, 2009 by  
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While cell phones, the Internet, mobile devices and other high-tech gadgets have made it possible to reach out to people in new and exciting ways, the majority of U.S. residents say technology makes no difference in their personal relationships.  56% of people nationally say technology neither worsens nor improves their personal ties. ©istockphoto.com/webphotographeer However,  38% say it makes their personal relationships better while 6% say it makes them worse.  Here, there has been a slight change since Marist’s previous poll.  In June, 30% reported that technology improves their personal... 

6/12: Reaping Technology’s Benefits?

June 12, 2009 by  
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60% of Americans, including 63% of employed residents, report that, overall, technology makes the quality of their lives better.  34% say it makes no difference, and just 6% think it makes their lives worse. ©istockphoto.com/shironosov That number jumps when asked specifically about work.  69% of employed residents say technology makes their job easier while 25% report it makes no difference at all, and 6% think it makes their work life worse.  Those who make more annually believe technology has a greater impact.  81% say it makes their job easier.  Although a majority — 56% – ...