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Survey | Ahead of Super Bowl, Nearly Three-in-Ten Americans Support Lifetime Ban for Football Players Who Commit Domestic Violence

January 26, 2015 Comments off

Survey | Ahead of Super Bowl, Nearly Three-in-Ten Americans Support Lifetime Ban for Football Players Who Commit Domestic Violence
Source: Public Religion Research Institute

Nearly one-in-three Americans (29%) say that a football player who has been found guilty of domestic violence should be permanently banned from playing in the NFL. Nearly 6-in-10 (59%) Americans say that a player who has been found guilty of domestic violence should be temporarily suspended but allowed to return. Nearly 1-in-10 (8%) Americans say the NFL should take no formal action against such a player.

Although there are no statistically significant differences between sports fans’ and non-sports fans’ support for a permanent ban for players convicted of domestic violence (28% vs. 32%), there are notable differences among sports fans by gender. Thirty-six percent of female sports fans support banning a player from the NFL for life, compared to 21% of male sports fans.

Intellectual Property and Trust in the Age of Digital Media

January 22, 2015 Comments off

Intellectual Property and Trust in the Age of Digital Media
Source: Edelman

The 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals a new formula for building trust, one in which engagement carries a multiplier effect. Engagement and ongoing communication and dialogue with multiple stakeholders are both more critical than ever, but also more difficult to execute well. Today’s reality is that CEOs are not trusted to be credible spokespersons for their organization (only 43 percent believe CEOs have credibility) and more people now look for business information on search engines (31 percent) than television (22 percent) or newspapers (21 percent). Businesses and other institutions need a new strategy for starting and influencing conversations about their organization or industry, one in which the creation and stewardship of intellectual property plays a key role.

Today’s media landscape is vastly different compared to 15 years ago, when the Trust Barometer was first fielded. For the first time in 2015, search engines are now the most trusted source for general news and information among the informed public, surpassing traditional media by two percentage points among the global informed public, and by eight percentage points among Millennials. Social media has risen to a trust level of 48 percent (59 percent among Millennials). Today, it’s all about starting peer-to-peer conversations and making sure that your content is easy to find.

Monitoring the Impact of Health Reform on Americans 50-64: Use of Insurance Marketplaces

January 9, 2015 Comments off

Monitoring the Impact of Health Reform on Americans 50-64: Use of Insurance Marketplaces
Source: AARP Public Policy Institute

AARP’s Public Policy Institute collaborated with the Urban Institute’s Health Reform Monitoring Survey to learn about the experience of Americans ages 50-64 in the initial phase of implementation of health coverage reforms. This series of papers presents findings from surveys during the first open enrollment period.

The survey showed that awareness of new health insurance Marketplaces was strong overall. Most of those who already had insurance expected they would continue to get coverage from the same source in 2014. The uninsured had mixed expectations about getting coverage. Interest in using the Marketplaces was highest among the uninsured and those with nongroup coverage, and among those with income levels which would qualify for subsidies or Medicaid. But more than two in five of the uninsured did not expect to gain coverage.

Use of the Marketplaces varied widely by insurance status and income. The main reason the uninsured used the Marketplace was to find out if they were eligible for subsidies or Medicaid. While many with nongroup insurance were also interested in finding out if they were eligible for subsidies or Medicaid, the most common reason they gave for using the Marketplace was to compare their current health plan with Marketplace plans. There were differences in how people accessed information about health insurance in the Marketplace by education, income, and ethnicity.

Americans Feel Better Informed Thanks to the Internet

December 12, 2014 Comments off

Americans Feel Better Informed Thanks to the Internet
Source: Pew Research Internet Project

Rather than crushing them with too much information and making it hard to find useful material, most Americans say the internet and cell phones have brought benefits in learning, sharing and diversifying the flow of information into their lives. A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that the vast majority of Americans believe their use of the web helps them learn new things, stay better informed on topics that matter to them, and increases their capacity to share ideas and creations with others.

These generally positive attitudes are buttressed by the view that people like having so much information at their fingertips, rather than feeling information overload. Moreover, this positive judgment extends to the broader culture. Most believe that average Americans and U.S. students are better informed than in the past.

CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust

December 6, 2014 Comments off

CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust
Source: Centre for International Governance Innovation and Ipsos

The CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust, undertaken by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and conducted by global research company Ipsos, reached 23,376 Internet users in 24 countries, and was carried out between October 7, 2014 and November 12, 2014.

The countries included: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States.

The survey found that:

  • 83% of users believe that affordable access to the Internet should be a basic human right;
  • two thirds (64%) of users are more concerned today about online privacy than they were compared to one year ago; and,
  • when given a choice of various governance sources to effectively run the world-wide Internet, a majority (57%) chose the multi-stakeholder
  • option—a “combined body of technology companies, engineers, non-governmental organizations and institutions that represent the interests and will of ordinary citizens, and governments.”

The global Survey was developed to help support the work of the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG). The GCIC, an initiative by CIGI and Chatham House, was established to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance.

More Than Six in 10 Americans Say Guns Make Homes Safer

December 2, 2014 Comments off

More Than Six in 10 Americans Say Guns Make Homes Safer
Source: Gallup

The percentage of Americans who believe having a gun in the house makes it a safer place to be (63%) has nearly doubled since 2000, when about one in three agreed with this. Three in 10 Americans say having a gun in the house makes it a more dangerous place.

Americans’ Perceptions of Privacy are Varied

November 24, 2014 Comments off

Americans’ Perceptions of Privacy are Varied
Source: Pew Research Internet Project

To better understand how the public thinks about privacy, a representative sample of 607 adults were asked an open-ended question in an online survey: “When you hear the word “privacy,” what comes to mind for you?” The responses that followed were striking in their variance, ranging from one-word entries to lengthier descriptions that touched on multiple concepts.

Once the responses were coded, a set of key words and themes emerged as the most frequently referenced and top-of-mind for the general public. Each of the top ten themes was referenced in at least 5% of the total responses. However, a full 22% of the responses referenced some other theme that was mentioned only a handful of times or was entirely unique.

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