Posts tagged with "OnePoll"

Road zombies: 27% of Americans admit to sometimes ‘driving on autopilot’

July 2, 2019

Have you ever pulled into your parking spot at work—and realized that you don’t remember exactly what you did behind the wheel on the way there? You are not alone. Many of us “zone out” when we are navigating a familiar road, especially when we have a lot on our minds.

In fact, a recent survey of 2,000 U.S. drivers sponsored by Columbus, Ohio-based Root Insurance has revealed that more than one-quarter (27%) of Americans say they sometimes are “zombie drivers,” according to a report by Study Finds.

What’s more, fully 55% said they often feel like they are driving on autopilot. On average, drivers said they lose concentration about four times per week, and it happens more often during longer drives.

When asked why zombie driving occurs so often, 49% said it happens when they have a lot on their minds, 42% feel it occurs when they drive tired, and 40% tend to daydream while driving on familiar roads. Surprisingly, despite all of this absent-minded driving, 90% of respondents said they consider themselves good drivers.

Americans seem to enjoy multitasking on the road as well; with 55% admitting to eating while driving, 51% reporting that they talk on the phone, and 36% checking for texts and notifications. One-third even have changed the music on their smartphones while behind the wheel.

Interestingly enough, when drivers are put in the passenger seat they seem to be a bit more cautious, with 49% of respondents saying they have at least one friend or family member that makes them feel unsafe as a passenger.

The survey was conducted by OnePoll.

Research contact: @RootInsuranceco

Call Dad on Father’s Day!

June 17, 2019

Looking for that last-minute Father’s Day gift? Just don’t forget to pick up the phone. The number-one present that 2,000 U.S. dads said in a recent survey that they wanted for their big day is a phone call from their kid(s), SWNS Digital reports. Fully 47% said they wanted to hear from children and grandchildren—literally.

The new survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Omaha Steaks, found that 57% percent of dads actually admitted that the third Sunday in June is their favorite day of the year.

After the phone call, most Dads thought that a good meal would make them happy. Four in ten American fathers (41%) said a big juicy steak would make their day this year (no surprise, when the survey is by Omaha Steaks!).

In fact, 79% of dads say they like to bond with their children over food. But if it’s a cook-out you’re after, stay off the grill, because one in three dads say that if someone is grilling, it’s gonna be them.

Another no-brainer: Fully 38% said they could really just go with some peace and quiet.

Taking in a ball game with the family also scored high, with another 38% saying that sounded like a lovely Father’s Day treat. And slightly fewer (33%) said they just want to be able to watch what they like on TV.

Finally, when it comes to physical gifts, go light on the ties and socks—and abolish anything imprinted with “World’s Favorite Dad.” In fact, 64% of survey respondents said they never wanted to see anything with those three words again.

Research contact: @OmahaSteaks

These are the actresses whom Americans want to see as their movie mothers

May 10, 2019

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, OnePoll has fielded a survey on behalf of Groupon—asking 2,000 Americans whom they think would best represent their mother on the big screen. And the top choice is Meryl Streep, an actress who has portrayed mothers in many of her most popular movies, from Kramer Vs. Kramer to Sophie’s Choice to Heartburn to Mama Mia: Here We Go Again, reports SWNS Digital.

The full top 10 list of actresses and celebrities whom we like to see as moms goes as follows:

  1. Meryl Streep
  2. Sally Field
  3. Julia Roberts
  4. Jennifer Lopez
  5. Angelina Jolie
  6. Oprah Winfrey
  7. Jennifer Anniston
  8. Michelle Obama
  9. Melissa McCarthy
  10. Queen Latifah

Results also revealed what people know most — and least— about their mothers’ life stories.

It turns out, Americans are confident that  they know where their mom grew up (74%), where she went to high school or college (60%), the street she grew up on (50%), her first job (49%), and her genealogy/ancestry (48%).

When it comes to what Americans know least about their mom’s past, it’s the more subtle things such as how many pets she had as a kid, former partner(s), her favorite subject in school, her hobbies as a kid, and what she wanted to be when she grew up.

While 89% of those surveyed said they know a great deal about their mom’s life, that doesn’t mean they aren’t eager to learn more. Fully 72% of respondents revealed they want to know even more than they already do about their mom.

“Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to not only celebrate what your mom has done for you, but what she’s done throughout her entire life,” said Groupon President of North America Aaron Cooper, adding,  “While most of us feel like we know everything we possibly can about our mom, these results show that there’s a strong appetite to learn even more about her life story and the passions that drive her interests.”

In addition, fewer than half of survey respondents knew their mom’s favorite food (45% ), flower (37%), song (30%), movie (29%), clothing store (28%), travel destination (23%), actor/actress (21%), or alcoholic drink (21%).

But that doesn’t mean Americans don’t have opinions about what they think their mom was like before they were born. Nearly one-quarter (24% think their mom had better style when she was their age.

And when it comes to the character traits that people reportedly got from their mom, compassion topped the list—with nearly half (49%) admitting to getting this quality from their mom.

Other character traits that people think they got from their mom include sensitivity (44%), work ethic (40%), sense of humor (37%) and good looks (35%).

Research contact: @Groupon

Comfort zone: The average lifespan of the American couch

May 1, 2019

Whether you rate yourself as a “couch potato” or not, few pieces of furniture in your home will ever get more use from family, friends, and pets than the living room sofa, based on a survey of 2,000 Americans conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Rove Concepts, a furniture design and production firm based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The average American couch is six years old, holds $1.55 in change, and has been cried on 17 times—based on results of the research, SWNS Digital reported on April 29.

What’s more, America’s typical couch has been napped on 36 times, played host to 32 conversations with family and friends, and supported us through 21 sick days so far, according to results.

While 70% of Americans rate their couch as comfortable enough overall, more than 20% said their couch is faded; and 34% said it’s on their replacement wish list. Indeed, 11% of respondents said their couch was the oldest piece of furniture in the household—outlived only by the bedroom dresser (12%).

Most admitted that they had not replaced any furniture in nearly three years. Sadly, fewer than half (44%) of respondents were “house proud,”  with 10%  going so far as to say they are embarrassed by the appearance of their home.

A spokesperson for Rove said: “The furniture you select [is] a reflection of how you want to feel in your living space. These pieces become a part of the everyday moments that truly make a living space your home.”

Research contact: @RoveConcepts

Life’s ‘greatest small victory’: Finding money in a coat pocket

September 19, 2018

Whether it’s “pennies from heaven” or a true windfall, one of life’s greatest small victories is finding cash in a long-unworn coat pocket, according to results of a study conducted on behalf of the online casino Casumo.com by OnePoll.

Other mood-boosters include receiving an unexpected discount at the checkout counter and spotting loose change on the street, according to a report on the study posted by SWNS Digital.

Greg Tatton-Brown, a marketing and management consultant based in London, commented on behalf of Casumo, “There’s something completely untainted about finding an extra fiver in a coat you haven’t worn in a long time, and it feels right that the experience was named the ultimate little victory in life.

In fact, any opportunity where our finances receive an unexpected boost, however minor, appears to be a key factor in brightening up our day when we need it,” Tatton-Brown said.

A list of the top 20 little victories we all celebrate, compiled by the researchers, includes the following:

  1. Finding money in a coat pocket;
  2. Learning at the checkout counter that your purchase is on sale;
  3. Finding money on the floor;
  4. Getting good weather for a special event;
  5. When a delivery scheduled between 8 m. and 5 p.m. arrives at 8.01 a.m.;
  6. Not needing any work done at the dentist;
  7. Receiving an unexpected tax refund;
  8. When you arrive in a full parking lot just as someone is leaving a space;
  9. Being upgraded to first class;
  10. Getting in a line at the front just before loads of other people arrive;
  11. Someone leaving a table in a busy pub just as you get there;
  12. Getting home just as the postman was about to leave a ‘Sorry we missed you’ card;
  13. Finding a parking space right outside the shop you are going into;
  14. Coming into the house just as it starts raining;
  15. Getting to the bus stop just as it arrives;
  16. When a social event you really don’t want to attend gets cancelled;
  17. Getting two chocolate bars instead of one from the vending machine;
  18. Hitting all the green lights on the way into work;
  19. Getting the last of something on offer in a supermarket; or
  20. Waking up in the night and realizing you still have hours left in bed before you have to get up.

Indeed, fully 74% of respondents think that a little win has the power to rescue a bad day from disaster and give them a sunnier perspective on things. One-quarter of survey participants said they are most likely to encounter a win at home, and only 5% of workers think they are most likely to score a little victory at work.

One in five also admit that they write a smug post on social media to publicly share their little win, no matter how small. Conversely, 37% get a little boost hearing about other people’s victories, and 48% say they do their best each day to make sure people they know get the little wins they need.

Tatton-Brown added: “They are innocuous in most cases, and often barely worth bringing up in conversation, but there is still a small and personal joy in getting a little win when things might not be going your way.

“Whether it’s spotting a lucky penny on the ground, landing a lucky win on an online game, or even swinging your car into a parking space flawlessly, life is full of little victories.

Research contact: grant.bailey@swns.com

Losing their lunch: America’s workers can’t catch a break

September 4, 2018

More than half (51%) of America’s workers say that “it is rare or unrealistic” for them to take a proper lunch break away from their desks or job sites, based on findings of a survey conducted on behalf of Eggland’s Best by OnePoll and posted on August 30 by SWNS Digital.

The poll of 2,000 American workers asked them to reveal their lunch and snacking habits—and found that job stress and the pressure to deliver on high workloads is taking its toll.

That might explain why America’s modern office workers are now more likely to eat at their desks at than any other location, according to the data.

Fully 30% of respondents said that productivity is the biggest reason to stay close to the computer while supposedly taking a break. A lack of time and a perception that there is always too much work to be done also made the top five reasons to eat lunch at your desk each day.

The study found that a very focused 49% of workers—especially those 18 to 44 years of age— say they believe that lunch can be a distraction from getting work done; however those over the age of 45 disagreed.

With a lot of work and little time in the day for themselves, the results indicated that eating habits are changing to suit such hectic routines, with an emphasis on snacking prioritized over lengthy meals.

With few workers receiving a full lunch hour, the survey found that 68% of American workers snack twice a day, and three in ten workers enjoy snacking three times a day. They identified “health snacks” as the following: fruit, nuts and seeds, Vegetable sticks, yogurt, granola, hard-boiled eggs, cheese, humus or nut/seed butter, and pretzels.

In fact, 44% of Americans even have a “snack drawer” at work dedicated to little bites to keep them going throughout the day. Who is most likely to appreciate the office snack drawer? The majority are Millennials and those who hold a traditional 9 to 5 office job.

“As the workplace shifts, so does the traditional lunch hour. With the average lunch ‘hour’ now likely to be 30 minutes or less, American workers are now snacking at least twice a day, not surprisingly between breakfast and lunch, and then when hunger strikes again between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.,” stated a Kimberly Murphy, director of New Ventures and Innovation at Eggland’s Best.

Where do workers stock up on snacks? They are most likely to get snacks from the grocery store (60%); followed by bringing in homemade snacks (37%), or raiding the vending machine (25 %). And while most of America tends to grab sweet snacks, American workers in the Midwest crave salty instead!

Research contact: usnews@swns.com

Acne can make you go bananas—in a good way

August 6, 2018

On average, Americans feel they experience five bad skin days each month, based on findings of a recent study of 2,000 adults sponsored by CeraVe and conducted by OnePoll. That means that in a single year, the average American will suffer from 60 terrible skin days.

It’s enough to make you go bananas—but in a good way.

Strange, but true: Anecdotal evidence shows, many who suffer from acne, oily skin, psoriasis, eczema——even warts and skin discolorations—have found that rubbing the inside of the skin of a ripe banana (one with dark spots) on your face can bring relief from the redness, inflammation, pain and number of occurrences of the problem.P

You cut the banana skin up; then, rub a piece of it on your face very gently. Leave it there for half an hour, after which you can wash it off with cool water. (You also can leave it there overnight, for good results.)

Among the hundreds of positive posts on the site, Acne.org, are the following—many of them, from former skeptics and cynics:

  • Outstanding result: Last week, I saw the reviews about banana peels and I have started to use [to use the peels on my broken out facial] skin. OMG. The amazing results appeared. So what does it do to my skin? (1) Reduces inflammation incredibly. (2) Heals pimples greatly. (3) Empties blackheads from pores. (4) Gently exfoliates. [I recommend that} … you leave it on your skin throughout the night. Choose, use it, and love it. Toby_boy
  • Shook: To say I was skeptical of this is undermining how I really felt. I was just have a bad breakout week, as well as a rash from a medical. I was desperate and nothing else was working, so I … rubbed a banana peel on the spots for a minute; then let it dry and went to sleep.(Others did this three times  day, but I only had time to do it at night.) … Woke up [with] a significantly less red face and shrunken pimples. I continued this for three more nights and my skin is 60% better and [the] facial redness/rash is gone .… So give it a try! It can’t hurt and it’s natural! Serena_95
  • I am so [darn] happy: Really, my acne was [so] bad that I [was] depressed and didn’t even wanna leave my house. I refused to look in people’s eyes because I [felt] like they were judging me. Acne covered my cheeks and I have oily skin, so I [felt] very dirty and I had tried every single product, but no improvement .… And this works so amazingly! I have only been using this for two days, and it works. How I use: Pick a yellow banana peel and massage gently over my entire face and sleep with this. Remember, it’s just my skin and you are different … but I hope it works for you guys, too. Mooniey

Why does it work? According to the site, Live Science, a wide variety of health benefits are associated with bananas. They are high in potassium and pectin, a form of fiber, said Laura Flores, a San Diego-based nutritionist. They can also be a good way to get magnesium and vitamins C and B6.

“Bananas are known to reduce swelling, protect against developing type-2 diabetes, aid in weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and help with production of white blood cells, all due to the high level of vitamin B6 that bananas contain,” Flores told Live Science.

“Bananas also are high in antioxidants,” she said, “which can provide protection from free radicals, which we come into contact with every day, from the sunlight to the lotion you put on your skin.”

And here’s another plus. If you are upset about your acne, bananas can be helpful in overcoming depression—”due to high levels of tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin, the mood-elevating brain neurotransmitter,” Flores said. Plus, vitamin B6 can help you sleep well, and magnesium helps to relax muscles. Additionally, the tryptophan in bananas is well-known for its sleep-inducing properties.

Eaten in moderation, there are no significant side effects associated with eating bananas. However, eating the fruits in excess may trigger headaches and sleepiness, Flores said. She said that such headaches are caused by “the amino acids in bananas that dilate blood vessels.” Overripe bananas contain more of these amino acids than other bananas. “Bananas can also contribute to sleepiness when eaten in excess due to the high amount of tryptophan found in them,” she said.

Research contact: hello@onepoll.com

Are you a ‘backseat driver’?

June 7, 2018

Does the passenger in your car snort when you make a left-hand turn, complain that you are speeding, and stomp on an imaginary brake when you get too close to the car ahead of you? Those are just a few of the signs that you are on the road with a backseat driver, based on findings of a poll sponsored by Accident Advice Helpline and released on June 6..   ,.

In a study of 2,000 British motorists, conducted on behalf of the help line by OnePoll,  fully 70% said that there is nobody more annoying than a passenger who frequently displays over-the-top emotions, or offers unwanted ‘help’ or advice.

The top 20 list of annoyances comprises the following:

  1. .Criticizing the driver’s decisions;
  2. Complaining about the speed at which he or she is driving;
  3. Gasping loudly at any slight braking movement;
  4. Flinching when the car is “too close” to another vehicle or obstacle;
  5. Complaining about driving too slowly;
  6. Pointing out when to turn off or onto a road at a junction;
  7. Pressing an imaginary brake pedal;
  8. Advising on which lane the driver should be in;
  9. Telling the driver when the traffic lights have changed to green;
  10. Insisting on giving directions;
  11. Changing the radio station;
  12. Swearing at the drivers of other cars;
  13. Gesticulating at others on the road;
  14. Getting full-out road rage;
  15. Waving ‘thanks’ at other drivers for letting you into a lane;
  16. Reading the road signs out load as you pass them;
  17. Changing the in-car temperature;
  18. Holding your hands over your face;
  19. Closing your eyes frequently when someone else is driving; and
  20. Disagreeing with the satellite navigation system.

It should be no surprise that the researchers discovered that significant others are the worst sort of backseat drivers, followed by mom and then dad.

Just under half of those polled have been in an argument with someone in the car due to their interfering comments, and an unfortunate 5% have accidentally jumped a red light while remonstrating with an annoying passenger. What’s more 25% of respondents said they had missed a turning after being distracted; while 7% had endured more serious consequences, such as a collision with a car, cyclist or pedestrian.

David Carter, a spokesperson for Accident Advice Helpline, comments, “Unfortunately, making comments and reacting to what is happening on the road while in the passenger seat can be a big distraction for the person driving. There is a higher risk of an accident or near-miss, if the driver […has to] fend off unhelpful feedback while trying to concentrate on the road.”

Interestingly enough, only 21% of respondents admitted to being backseat drivers, themselves, when driving in someone else’s vehicle.

Research contact: jack.peat@swns.com

Sibling rivalry still rules on Mother’s Day

May 10, 2018

Mom always liked you best.” If you are old enough, you may recall the catch phrase of The Smothers Brothers, a comedy team who created a wildly popular television show and several chart-topping albums in the 1960s.

Tom’s plaintive remark—always directed at Dick—still resonates today among siblings, as Mother’s Day approaches.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if you are planning to give your Mom something special this year, you probably will want to check in with your siblings first, to see what type of gift they already have wrapped and ready.

It turns out that two-thirds (66%) of Americans touch base with their siblings to see what they are getting for Mom, based on findings of a poll of 2,000 U.S. adults sponsored by Groupon and conducted on their behalf by OnePoll.

However, be careful what you share, because sibling rivalry is at play: Fully 55% will try to get a better present, just to one-up you, according to coverage of this vital issues by SWNS Digital on May 9.

Even when it comes to writing Mom’s card, 30% of grown (and supposedly mature) children will consider what their siblings write in their cards to ensure that they aren’t upstaged in the sentimentality department.

And they are keeping it short and sweet when it comes to what they write: The average American will write 43 words (about two sentences) in a Mother’s Day card.

The study also found that where you fall in terms of sibling order plays a role in how you approach Mother’s Day.

While the average person spends $75, the data showed that it’s the middle child who ends up spending the most on Mom.

Finally, no matter your approach to Mother’s Day, one thing was universal, based on the results: We are really grateful for everything that Mom has done.

Putting food on the table was the number one thing that Americans were most grateful for when it came to their mothers, followed by teaching respect for others, helping to learn manners, showing them how to be kind, doing laundry and exhibiting generosity.

Research contact: jack.peat@swns.com

Please don’t ‘push the envelope’

April 25, 2018

Have you ever caught yourself “thinking outside of the box”? Don’t mention it to colleagues, who are likely to roll their eyes at your choice of words.

New research suggests that fully 70% American workers have added “office jargon” to their vocabularies—with “give it 110%” the phrase that is odds-on the most annoying, according findings of a poll covered by SWNS on April 24.

The study, conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Jive Communications, looked at the shop talk of 2,000 U.S. workers and compiled the 40 most cringe-worthy office phrases.

We’ve all been there—whether we were the ones wincing or actually using these phrases. According to 72% of American workers, these annoying words and phrases are used out of habit. We also would guess that workers use jargon such as “let’s ballpark this” and “run it up the flagpole,” in order to sound professional.

What about “synergy”? Ranked at 13, this oft-used word is one that many people detest. And, while we all have gone “back to the drawing board,” 27% of American workers draw the line at that phrase.

Interesting enough, fully 29% of workers have used these buzzwords just to get a backlash from their co-workers; and 22% use them for assimilation purposes.

What’s more, while many people are cringing at office communications on a daily basis 60% of Americans can’t even understand what they mean.

Below, are the most annoying examples of office jargon, as determined by the recent poll:

  1. Give it 110%
  2. Think outside the box
  3. Hammer it out
  4. Heavy lifting
  5. Throw them under the bus
  6. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch
  7. Pushing the envelope
  8. Let the cat out of the bag
  9. Let’s circle back
  10. Win-win situation
  11. Blue-sky thinking
  12. Boil the ocean
  13. Synergy
  14. Low-hanging fruit
  15. Take it to the next level
  16. Barking up the wrong tree
  17. Going forward
  18. Let’s ballpark this
  19. Run this up the flagpole
  20. Back to square one
  21. There’s no I in team
  22. Back to the drawing board
  23. Paradigm shift
  24. Elephant in the room
  25. Raise the bar
  26. Drill down
  27. Best thing since sliced bread
  28. Deep dive
  29. Skin in the game
  30. Reach out
  31. Touch base
  32. Play hardball
  33. Don’t reinvent the wheel
  34. Kept in the loop
  35. The bottom line
  36. Down the road
  37. I’ll loop you in
  38. Hit the nail on the head
  39. ASAP
  40. Team player

And we’d like to add a number 41: “Let’s unpack that” has been used far too frequently during the past year.

Research contactjack.peat@swns.com