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‘The flee market’: Are city dwellers decamping for the suburbs? Not so much, a recent survey finds

August 17, 2020

If you were preparing to plant a “for sale” sign in front of your suburban home in anticipation of all those city dwellers fleeing the coronavirus pandemic, you might need to push pause, based on results of a survey fielded recently by Yahoo Finance and The Harris Poll. .

With lockdowns and restrictions easing up in some cities, 74% of city based respondents to the poll  say that they are likely to stay put, the pollsters say—despite the ongoing health crisis—while just 26% say they are somewhat or very likely to relocate.

“As the risk of catching COVID-19 subsides, city dwellers are reminded of why they love city living,” Will Johnson, CEO of The Harris Poll said according to Yahoo Finance.

The apparent change of heart comes as restaurants and some other businesses reopen after many shuttered their doors in the spring to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In May, 60% of those living in cities said they wanted to remain where they were—significantly fewer than the number saying they’d likely stay put in the latest poll taken from July 31 through Aug. 3.

Generations Y and Z, young adults between the ages of 18 and 34, were the group that most wanted to pack up for the suburbs, with 44% of them thinking about such a move. That’s compared to nearly 30% of Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 who said they would probably leave the city, and roughly 10% of those 45 and older who were considering the same.

Income also played a key role in who was contemplating a move to the suburbs. Roughly 35% of city residents who earned an annual salary of $100,000 or more said they wanted to leave, compared to 19% of their neighbors who earned less than $50,000 a year. And a third of those surveyed who were working said they would probably head to the suburbs, while 16% of those who were unemployed planned to do the same.

“Wealthier households have greater mobility within the housing market due to higher ownership rates and access to lower mortgage rates,” Johnson said.

Children also proved to be a dividing line between those who wanted to leave cities, with nearly 40% of those who had kids saying they were at least somewhat likely to head to the suburbs, possibly in search of more space and stronger schools. Among those without children, 16% said they might leave the city.

But residents of the suburbs also preferred where they were, with 86% saying they were not likely to leave because of the COVID-19 crisis, up from 70% in May.

As economic uncertainty lingers and the coronavirus surges in hot spots across the U.S., it remains to be seen how moving patterns will ultimately shake out.

“It’s too early to predict the macro changes to housing in urban, suburban and rural communities,’’ Johnson said. “Although intentions to leave the city have dropped over (the) last three months, sentiment is different from behavior.”

Research contact: @HarrisPoll

Tempers run hot and cold over office temperatures

May 24, 2018

Workers are hot under the collar over the office temperature. Indeed, nearly one in five (19%) of nine-to-fivers have secretly adjusted the office thermostat during the summer—13% to make it cooler and 6% to make it warmer—based on findings of a Harris Poll conducted on behalf of CareerBuilder and released on May 23,

According to the poll of 1,012 full-time workers in the private sector across industries and company sizes, nearly half of workers (46%) say their office is either too hot or too cold.

What’s more, fully 51% sitting that in an office that is too cold impacts their productivity, while 67% say sitting in an office that is too warm does the same.

Fifteen percent of respondents admit that they have argued with a co-worker about office temperature (7% of men vs. 22% of women). Drilled down by gender, findings suggest that women may feel temperature differently from men. Eighteen percent of men say they are too cold; 17%, too hot; while 36% of women are too cold; and 19% too hot.

Broken down by industry, retail has the hottest employees (28%), and healthcare has the coldest (30%).

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Tattoo you?

May 4, 2018

Are you comfortable in your own skin? Interestingly enough, there are about 45 million Americans who have embellished their bodies with at least one tattoo, according to Statistic Brain—and over 30% of them say that it makes them feel more sexy, while 5% say that it makes them feel more intelligent.

Not only that, but the popularity of skin art is growing: Fully 36% of Americans, ages 18-25, have a tattoo; as well as 40% of those between the ages of 26 and 40.

What’s more, a May 1 article posted by the NBC Today Show claims that the number of women getting inked is rising faster than the number of men—and that women age 40-plus are even making tattoos part of their “bucket lists.”

“I have noticed an increase in women getting tattooed later in life, past their 40s,” Julie Duncan, a tattoo artist at Lady Luck Tattoo in Phoenix who recently gave 74-year-old Janice Graham her first tattoo told Today. “It’s honestly probably something they always wanted, but were too worried about social norms and being judged to actually get. I think it’s great.”

What’s more, few inked Americans stop at one; among those with any tattoos, seven in ten (69%) have two or more, according to a 2015 Harris Poll of 2, 225 U.S. adults.

The Harris pollsters found that rural (35%) and urban (33%) Americans are both more likely to get (or have) a tattoo than are suburbanites (25%). And those with kids in the household are much more likely than those without to sport at least one tattoo (43% versus 21%).

Some like their first tattoos so much that inking becomes addictive (32%)—but there are others who regret getting inked (17%) or some who even have their tattoo removed (11%), based on data amassed by Statistic Brain.

Top-ranked regrets, according to the Harris folks, include:

  • I was too young when they got the tattoo,
  • My tattoo does not fit my present lifestyle,
  • I still have my ex-boyfriend’s name on my arm,
  • My skin art was poorly done; and
  • It just isn’t meaningful.

Finally, about 5% of those with skin art have it covered up with another tattoo when it just doesn’t work for them anymore.

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Why pet owners will risk their own lives to save Rover’s

March 2, 2018

It’s a scenario that played out recently on the NBC-TV series, This Is Us: Having heroically saved his family from a fire that was quickly engulfing their home, Jack Pearson ran back into the blaze to save his daughter’s dog. He later died at the hospital from a cardiac arrest brought on by smoke inhalation.

In real life, this episode plays out fairly often, Yahoo Lifestyle reports: This past November, a 61-year-old Florida man was hit by an Amtrak train, after running onto the tracks to save his beloved dog, Astrid.

One month earlier, a California woman succumbed to a wildfire while trying to rescue her border collie from a car. And in September, after Hurricane Harvey, a 25-year-old Texan was electrocuted after trying to save his sister’s cat from her flooded home.

Why do people take these chances for their pets? A Harris poll has found that 95% of pet owners consider their animals to be family members.

In a New York Times opinion piece, Dogs Are People, Too, written in October 2013, Professor of Neuroeconomics at Emory University Gregory Burns explained that this may be truer than most of us think.

“For the past two years, my colleagues and I have been training dogs to go in an MRI scanner—completely awake and unrestrained. Our goal has been to determine how dogs’ brains work and, even more important, what they think of us humans,” Burns said. “Now, after training and scanning a dozen dogs, my one inescapable conclusion is this: Dogs are people too.”

Of course, Yahoo points out, Burns wasn’t suggesting that dogs are actual humans, but rather that the activity in one specific area of the brain where enjoyment is felt suggests that they are more emotionally intelligent than we give them credit for.

“The ability to experience positive emotions, like love and attachment, would mean that dogs have a level of sentience comparable to that of a human child,” Burns concludes.

This theory, as well as research into our co-evolution with dogs, might help explain why 40% of men who responded to a study by Georgia Regents University and Cape Fear Community College would save the life of their own dog over that of a foreign tourist. That number is higher for women, at about 45%, a story in the Huffington Post reported.

Dogs may not just feel like family; in an evolutionary sense, they truly are family. Yahoo reports that our close genetic ties to dogs also might explain why scientists find an increase in oxytocin (the love hormone) when owners gaze into their dogs’ eyes—the same hormone that increases when a mother looks at her baby.

Indeed, in a 2006 study conducted by the Fritz Institute, 44% of those who had chosen not to evacuate from a recent hurricane said it was because they didn’t want to leave their pets behind.

According to Yahoo, this finding served as a wake-up call for the federal government, which passed a law authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to include pets as a part of its rescue plan.

The law may save many households during upcoming natural disasters: According to the American Pet Products Association’s latest survey, 68% of U.S. households own a pet—a number that hovers around 85 million American homes nationwide.

Research contact: @abbyhaglage

Today’s leaders eschew the corner office

February 16, 2018

When it comes to scoring the corner office, only 4% of professionals see it as a win, while fully 96% don’t care, based on findings of a January poll sponsored by LinkedIn and conducted by the Harris Poll among 2,000 U.S. adults.

What’s more, 86% of professionals don’t prioritize having a job that their peers admire.

So what are they working so hard to attain or accomplish? Now it’s about being your own boss, say the LinkedIn researchers: More than one-third (34%) of professionals would take a 10% pay-cut for the ability to design their own schedules.

They also don’t care as much about titles as their predecessors and mentors used to do. Nearly nine out of ten (89%) believe that what they know—their skills, abilities and training—takes precedence over what stature they have reached in an organization.

In fact, learning a new skill is the number-one goal professionals are in it for in 2018, LinkedIn has found.

Others are in it for the money. Nearly three-quarters (74%) say they do not want to worry about finances.

This motivation is helping to usher in the age of the “side hustle”. Whether it’s moonlighting in an art gallery or building websites on the weekends, more than one-third of professionals today (36%) find success in pursuing a passion project or side job.

The majority of professionals (87%) say success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do. Putting this into action, nearly 40% of professionals feel most successful when teaching others. .

Finally, one of the strongest motivators is beating career FOMO (fear of missing out). Almost two-thirds (65%) of Americans say they fear they will miss their opportunity to succeed if they don’t keep their options open.

It is no surprise that the LinkedIn researchers advise, “Tto beat career FOMO, it’s important to always keep your network active and constantly seek new challenges both inside and outside of the workplace.”

Research contact: @cafisher

More than half of Americans are avoiding Amtrak

February 15, 2018

More than half of Americans (68%) feel safer either driving or taking a commercial flight (66%) than taking an Amtrak train, based on findings of a Harris Poll conducted early in February among 1,003 adults nationwide.

Crashes, derailments and other safety issues have discouraged customers from traveling by train, the polling organization reports: On February 6, a Boston-bound Amtrak Acela train came apart after leaving D.C.’s Union Station and; only two days before, a Miami-bound Amtrak train collided with a freight train, killing two crew members—the fourth deadly crash in only two months.

Indeed, 70% of those familiar with the accidents believe they are safer driving their own vehicle than taking to the rails; while nearly half (48%) of them feel safer taking a bus than an Amtrak train.

“Trains are safer than cars or buses, statistically speaking,” said John Gerzema, CEO of The Harris Poll. “But when a string of accidents occurs, people tend to throw the records out the window…. [About 39% of respondents] say they are actively avoiding taking Amtrak trains, based on their current safety record.”

The data also showed that one-third of Americans (33%) feel less safe taking an Amtrak train today than in the past; and those familiar with the latest accidents are more than four times more likely than those who are not/not very familiar to feel this way (41% versus 9%).

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Bully for you? Many adults are victims of intimidation

January 29, 2018

based on findings of a recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)—and the health consequences may be reducing their ability to function.1

The online survey of more than 2,000 adults nationwide found that fully 31% of adults have been bullied and many (43%) say the behavior has become more accepted this past year.

The survey defined bullying as being subjected to repeated, negative behavior intended to harm or intimidate.

Victims of bullying reported significant negative impacts on their physical and mental health. The pollsters discovered that, of those who have been bullied as an adult:

  • 71% suffer from stress,
  • 70% experience anxiety/depression,
  • 55% report a loss of confidence
  • 39% suffer from sleep loss,
  • 26% have headaches,
  • 22% experience muscle tension or pain,
  • 19% reported a mental breakdown, and
  • 17% noted an inability to function day-to-day (i.e. calling in sick frequently).

Other health responses to the emotional strain induced by bullying include gastrointestinal problems, nausea, elevated blood pressure and cardiovascular issues, according to osteopathic physicians.

Typically understood to be a problem children face and outgrow, the new findings show that bullying, and its subsequent impact on mental and physical health, continues long into adulthood—often in the workplace, home and educational setting.

Specifically, the poll found that 25% of adults (have experienced the ”silent treatment”  from an individual or group on a repeated basis as an adult, while about 1 in 5 (21%) have had someone spread lies about them that no one refutes.

Behavior from adult bullies is more subtle and sophisticated than what a child might employ, Charles Sophy, a Los Angeles-based psychiatrist and medical director for the County of Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services and a member of the AOA, said on behalf of the professional organization.

He notes that a common, yet poorly understood, tactic makes a victim question his or her  own reality. This controlling behavior is done slowly over time through small manipulative words or actions. The victim begins to doubt his or her memory, judgment and capabilities—ultimately limiting his or her competence to perform tasks in the workplace or at home..

“If you feel your power being diminished by another, it’s time to question the health of the relationship,” said Dr. Sophy. “Bullies operate everywhere and can be partners, professors, colleagues or grown children.”

The first step in recovery is acknowledging the problem. Adults who are unsure if they’re being bullied should try describing the situation as if it were happening to someone else. “If a friend told you this story, how would you react? You can see the situation more clearly if you remove yourself from the story,” Dr. Sophy advises.

Dr. Sophy recommends patients spend time reviewing common bullying tactics in order to identify and inventory the inflicted behaviors. The list can be used to develop a roadmap to confront the perpetrator or to formalize a complaint.

A medical professional can support the healing process by treating conditions onset by bullying, including loss of sleep, anxiety and depression. Patients may also benefit from counseling to cope with the effects of bullying.

You can’t always beat a bully, cautions Dr. Sophy, but the long-term consequences of being a victim are significant. If direct confrontation doesn’t change the bully’s behavior, he urges victims to find a way out of that situation and relationship.

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Americans to munch on 1.35 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl weekend

January 26, 2018

American sports fans will be watching the LII Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots on February 4 with “a wing and a prayer.” Indeed, the National Chicken Council released its annual Chicken Wing Report on January 25—projecting that fans will eat 1.35 billion wings during Super Bowl weekend, an all-time high. That figure is up 1.5%, or 20 million wings, from 2017.

To visualize just how many wings that is …

  • If 1.35 billion wings were laid end to end along Interstate 95, they would stretch from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts—almost 250 times.
  • That is enough wings to put 625 wings on every seat in all 32 NFL stadiums.
  • 1.35 billion wings is enough to circle the Earth three times.
  • That’s 394 million feet of chicken wings – enough that a chicken could cross the road 13 million times.
  • Americans will eat 20 million more wings this year. If wings were dollars, that would only buy us 2 minutes of commercials during the big game.

“There will be no wing shortage,” said National Chicken Council Spokesperson Tom Super. “Whether you’re a fan of the left wing or the right wing, there’s no debate about America’s favorite Super Bowl food.”

And how do Americans like their wings? More than half (59%) of U.S. adults who eat chicken wings say they typically like to eat their wings with ranch dressing, according to a new National Chicken Council poll conducted online by Harris Poll. Ranch is once again the number-one side or sauce, the poultry organization said. Only 33% like to eat their wings with blue cheese dressing.

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When work calls, drivers answer

December 28, 2017

If you commute to work by car, you likely have seen drivers doing the outrageous behind the wheel—from shaving to applying lipstick, to eating breakfast to texting. Most people know they should tune out distractions while they are driving, but overestimate their ability to operate their vehicles and multitask. However, what happens when the worst interruptions—calls, texts and emails—are coming from the boss?

About 50% of people ages 18 to 44 say they answer or conduct work-related communications while driving, according to a recent survey commissioned by Travelers, and covered by the Hartford Courant on December 27.

And of Millennials who use their phones for work-related communications while driving, 25% said that they do so because they don’t want to upset their bosses, according to the Harris Poll of more than 1,000 U.S. employees who drive for work.

Older workers are not immune to the dangerous behavior. About one-third of employees between ages 45 and 64 said they answer or conduct work-related communications while driving.

Travelers released the Risk Index this week as it announced its public policy arm, the Travelers Institute, would be holding community meetings across the country to try to raise awareness of the dangers and pressures of distracted driving.

“Distracted driving is a contributing factor and it’s a problem that won’t go away without understanding its causes and promoting behavioral changes,” Travelers Institute President Joan Woodward said. “Whether drivers are texting, eating or talking on the phone, taking their eyes off the road for even one second can cause a potentially life-changing crash.”

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70% of Americans have been generous during time of political division

December 21, 2017

Whether you agree or not with the Trump administration, this season of political division is prompting many Americans to respond with acts of generosity, based on findings of a World Vision annual Holiday Giving Survey released on December 19. .

Conducted online by the Harris Poll among more than 2,000 U.S. adults, the poll found that the majority of Americans (69%) have extended an act of generosity this year in direct reaction to the current political standoff.

Adults ages 18-34 and ages 65+ are more likely than those ages 55-64 to have given this year as a result of the current political climate in the U.S. (73% and 71% versus 62%, respectively).

Among the high-level findings of the 2017 survey are the following:

  • Roughly one-third of Americans (34%) made a financial donation to a disaster relief cause in 2017, while nearly 3 in 10 have encouraged someone else to extend an act of generosity (29%) or say someone has extended an act of generosity towards them (29%);
  • Roughly two-thirds of Americans (65%) believe that the current political climate in the U.S. has caused some Americans to become less generous;
  • The majority of Americans (88%) consider themselves to be generous; and
  • Nearly half of Americans (46%) believe that, overall, are more generous now than they were two years ago.

World Vision has successfully encouraged it supporters to participate in its #ShineBright movement—a bold effort to spark more than a million acts of generosity before New Year’s Day. The organization already has documented over 1.2 million generous deeds during 2017—and counting!

“Giving is good for our souls, and Americans understand that,” said World Vision U.S.Ppresident Rich Stearns. “I’m not surprised that a time of division in our country sparks ‘the better angels of our nature,’ as Abraham Lincoln spoke about, by caring for each other and reaching out to those in need.”

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