7/22: Nearly One in Five Internet Users Regret Online Behavior

July 22, 2011 by  
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Former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal sent shock waves throughout the nation.  But, can American Internet users relate to Mr. Weiner’s questionable online behavior? ©istockphoto.com/oonal Click Here for Complete July 22, 2011 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables Although 82% of Internet users nationally say they have never sent or said anything over the Internet that they regret, a notable 18% have. Younger Internet users are more likely than older ones to have engaged in regrettable online actions.  24% of Internet users younger than 45 years old compared with 13% of those 45... 

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 →

12/20: At What Age Should Children Have Cell Phones?

December 20, 2010 by  
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If the youngster in your life is begging you for a cell phone this holiday season, try this one on for size.  The average age Americans believe is appropriate for a child to acquire his or her first cell phone is approximately 14 years old. ©istockphoto.com/manley099 Regardless of age, region, gender, or whether one has children or not, there is consensus on this question. A plurality of U.S. adults — 43% — think 15 to 18 years old is the appropriate age for a child to begin carrying a cell phone. Table: Age of First Cell Phone (Average) Table: Age of First Cell Phone Marist Poll... 

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... 

8/13: More Than Three-Quarters of U.S. Residents “Eco-friendly”

August 13, 2010 by  
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76% of Americans believe they do their part to help the environment.  Included here are 36% who do a fair amount, 23% who do a good amount, and 17% who do a great deal. However, when thinking about how they live and the items they buy, 24% of residents nationally do very little or nothing at all to protect the environment. ©istockphoto.com/John Peacock Those in the Northeast, Americans who earn $50,000 or more annually, college graduates, residents 45 or older, and women are the most ecologically minded residents. Table: Amount to Help Environment Americans Garden to Eat Healthier, Not to Help... 

8/13: The Eco-friendly Way

August 13, 2010 by  
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Jim Motavalli has been writing on the environment for more than a decade.  His work has appeared in the Mother Nature Network, E Magazine, and the New York Times.  In this interview with The Marist Poll’s John Sparks, he talks about organic food, what people can do to preserve our environment, and the environmental efforts of the Obama administration.  Listen to or read the interview below. Jim Motavalli John Sparks Jim, the Marist Poll recently conducted a national survey, and we asked the American public to think about how they live, the things they buy, specifically to help the environment. ... 

7/14: Half of Social Networkers Online Concerned About Privacy

50% of U.S. residents who have a profile on a social networking site are worried about their privacy.  This includes 27% who are concerned and 23% who are very concerned.  The remaining 50% aren’t too anxious.  29% are not very concerned, and 21% are not concerned at all. ©istockphoto.com/alexsl The oldest Americans are the most worried.  65% of those 60 and older have some degree of concern about their privacy on a social networking site. Women with a social networking profile are more concerned about their privacy than men.  A majority of women — 57% — have some level of anxiety... 

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... 

3/15: Intelligent Life Online?

March 15, 2010 by  
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Does the Internet “dumb” Americans down?  That’s the question the Marist Poll asked in its latest national survey.  And, the answer is, “No,” for more than two-thirds.  68% of residents think the Internet makes us smarter while just 23% believe it has made us less intelligent.  9% are unsure. istockphoto.com/Henrik500 Perhaps, one of the most interesting findings is there is no generation gap on this question.  69% of Americans younger than 45 report the Internet makes us more intelligent, and the same proportion of those 45 and older agree. But, women have a slightly better perception... 

12/18: The Twitter “Craze:” Not So Much

December 18, 2009 by  
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A few months ago, you may have thought Twitter was taking over the country, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.  A recent national, Marist poll found only 8% of U.S. residents have accounts with the social networking site.  When Marist last conducted a poll on Twitter use in June, 6% of U.S. residents reported having an account. ©istockphoto.com/mattjeacock Not surprisingly, if you’re younger, you’re more likely to be a member of the Twitterati.  15% of Americans 18 to 29 and 13% of those 30 to 44 report they tweet.  This is compared with 6% of residents 45 to 59 and 3% of those... 

12/18: Social Networks Grow in Popularity Among U.S. Residents

December 18, 2009 by  
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Social networks such as Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn have yet to convince the majority of U.S. residents to sign up, but if a recent national Marist Poll on the topic is any indication, it’s only a matter of time before they do. ©istockphoto.com/mattjeacock The survey found that 41% of U.S. residents have a profile on a social networking site, a 9 percentage point jump since Marist last asked about social networking in June. Notably, the social networking generation gap may be shrinking.   Although those under age 45 still outnumber the proportion of older Americans who stay connected online,... 

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... 

The Future of Technology and Journalism

December 18, 2009 by  
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Sree Sreenivasan is the Dean of Student Affairs at the Columbia University School of Journalism and a contributing editor to DNAinfo. In an interview with the Marist Poll’s John Sparks, Sreenivasan discusses the advent of social networking, training journalists so that they’re equipped for the digital world, and why blogs and traditional news sites can coexist. Listen to the Interview, Part 1: John Sparks Sree, the Marist Institute recently conducted a poll on technology.  We asked U.S. residents if they had a profile on the social networking site like MySpace, Facebook, or LinkedIn.... 

10/29: Texting While Driving: “Do As I Say, Not As I Do,” Say Younger Americans

October 29, 2009 by  
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There’s good news for public safety officials.  82% of Americans report they never text while driving.  9% say it’s seldom they text while they drive, and 5% admit to doing it sometimes. 4%, though, say they often text while behind the wheel. ©istockphoto.com/MSRPhoto Younger Americans are the culprits when it comes to this touchy practice.  About one in five residents under 30 admit to at least sometimes texting while driving.  Another 18% do so but not very often.  60% say they never text while they drive.  In contrast, less than 4% of Americans between 45 and 59 years old... 

6/12: 6% of Americans Have Twitter Accounts

June 12, 2009 by  
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The buzz over Twitter may have reached a fever pitch, but the social networking service hasn’t yet conquered the American populace.  According to a new Marist Poll, only 6% of U.S. residents have personal Twitter accounts. ©istockphoto.com/Viridian1 However, age, education and income do influence one’s tendency to “tweet.” Thirty and early forty-somethings are slightly more likely than any other age group to use Twitter.  10% of Americans between the ages of 30 and 44 belong to the service.  This compares with 7% of 45 to 59 year olds, 6% of 18 to 29 year olds, and just 3% of... 

6/12: Cell Phone Nation

If you enter any public space these days, the number of people chatting on their cell phones might make you think nearly everyone owns a wireless device.  According to this Marist Poll, that’s not far from the case.  87% of U.S. residents say they own a cell phone.  Among Americans with jobs, the figure is even higher with 92% reporting they’ve gone wireless. ©istockphoto.com/Macroworld When it comes to walking and talking, age is a determining factor: 94% of Americans under 45 have cell phones, whereas slightly more than eight in ten Americans 45 or older tote the devices.   Not surprisingly,... 

6/12: PDA’s: Luxury or Necessity?

Although most Americans say they own a cell phone, more than eight in ten residents are not on the PDA bandwagon.  In fact, just 16% report they own a personal digital assistant like a Blackberry, Palm, or iPhone.  The proportion grows, however, when looking at employed residents.  Nearly one-quarter of those with jobs say they carry this type of portable device. ©istockphoto.com/dovestudios And, while Americans who earn an annual salary of $50,000 or more a year are nearly eight times more likely to have purchased a PDA than those who earn less, employed residents are more likely to carry... 

6/12: Running Wild with Websites?

June 12, 2009 by  
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Less than one-fifth of Americans say they are going wild with their own personal websites.  Just 18% report they’ve created their own web page compared with 82% who have not. ©istockphoto.com/sweetym So, just who are going digital?  More men than women maintain their own websites — 21% to 14%, respectively.  Not surprisingly, younger Americans and more affluent residents nationwide beat out their counterparts on this question.  21% of those younger than 45 have launched their own online page compared with 15% of those 45 and above.  22% of Americans with an annual household income... 

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% – ... 

6/12: Gaming Around

June 12, 2009 by  
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Wii, Playstation, XBox — these are all common terms to video game enthusiasts.  So, just how many Americans are bringing the excitement into their homes?  The Marist Poll recently asked U.S. residents if they personally own a home video game console, and here’s what the survey found out. ©istockphoto.com/webphotographeer – 43% of Americans own a home video game console.  57% do not. – A majority of employed residents — 53% — say they have bought a gaming console. – Younger Americans are more likely to have a console in their homes.  Those under age 45... 

6/12: Keeping in Touch Online

June 12, 2009 by  
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Are you staying connected with family and friends through a social networking website like MySpace, Facebook, or LinkedIn?  The Marist Poll clues you in. ©istockphoto.com/Spectra-Design – 32% of U.S. residents, including 39% of employed residents, have a profile on a social networking website. – 59% of Americans under the age of 45 network online while 14% of those 45 or older do the same. Table: Have Social Networking Profile Marist Poll Methodology Other Tech Tidbits: 6/12: Gaming Around 6/12: Ranting, Raving, and Reflecting Online? 6/12: Desktops vs. Laptops 6/12: You’ve... 

6/12: Ranting, Raving, and Reflecting Online?

June 12, 2009 by  
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How many Americans have branched out into the blogosphere?  Very few, according to a recent Marist Poll.  Here are a couple of the highlights. ©istockphoto.com/DSGpro – Just 7% of U.S. residents have a blog or online journal.  93% do not. – Americans under 45 years old are more than 4 times more likely than residents 45 or older to have a blog. Table: Have a Blog or Online Journal Marist Poll Methodology Other Tech Tidbits: 6/12: Gaming Around 6/12: Keeping In Touch Online 6/12: Desktops vs. Laptops 6/12: You’ve Got Mail  Read More →

6/12: You’ve Got Mail

June 12, 2009 by  
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If you’ve moved beyond snail mail, you’re not alone.  More than three-quarters of Americans have an email address.  Have we piqued your curiosity?  Here’s what else The Marist Poll found out. ©istockphoto.com/Paul Fleet – 77% of U.S. residents have an email address.  23% do not. – Most employed residents — 87% — report they personally have an email address. – More, younger Americans — 90% — have their own email accounts compared with their older counterparts — 69%. – Income is a determining factor.  95% of residents earning an annual... 

6/12: Desktops vs. Laptops

June 12, 2009 by  
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Computers…They’re everywhere!  So, just how many Americans have them gracing their desktop?  What about laptops?  Here’s what The Marist Poll discovered. ©istockphoto.com/hidesy – More U.S. residents have a desktop computer (72%) than do a laptop computer (51%). – 78% of employed Americans report having a desktop computer while 60% have a laptop. Table: Have Desktop Computer Table: Have Laptop Computer Marist Poll Methodology Other Tech Tidbits: 6/12: Gaming Around 6/12: Keeping In Touch Online 6/12: Ranting, Raving, and Reflecting Online? 6/12: You’ve Got Mail  Read More →