Posts tagged with "SurveyMonkey"

Live long and prosper: Americans want to exceed life expectancy, but age 100 may be pushing it

December 6, 2018

Most of us only want to reach a ripe old age only if our lives have not been diminished by mental or physical infirmity, a survey conducted on behalf of Axios on HBO among 3,222 U.S. adults has found.

Specifically, now that medicine and science are making it possible to hit age 90—or even 100—fully 48% of Americans say that, whether more would be merrier depends strictly on quality of life. While most Americans do want to exceed their average life expectancy—77 for men; 81 for women—they are not thrilled with the idea of struggling through that surplus time with a refrain of, “Oy, my back.

And these preferences do not change much as we age. Of respondents in the 18-34 age group, 53% cite quality of life as the main driver for reaching 100; while 47% of those in the 65+ age group say the same.

The poll, fielded by SurveyMonkey, finds that that we all want to be sure we can live independently and won’t be in constant pain.

Among the key findings:

  • Almost seven out of 10 men want to live past their average life expectancy; as would 57% of women.
  • But nearly half of Americans, when asked if they’d like to live past 100, said it depends how much pain they’re in or whether they’d be able to live independently.
  • Nearly three out of 10 say they’re not interested in living past 100, while 22% say they’re open to it.
  • Seniors—people 65 and older—are both the most interested in living past the average life expectancy and the least interested in living beyond 100.

The bottom line, Axios saysQuality of life is important, too. So get over yourself, science.

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NFL boycotters are split on notion of ‘taking a knee’

January 10, 2018

Throughout this 2017 NFL season, television ratings have declined and fans, TV pundits, and reporters have speculated why. Was it the protests of players during the national anthem that caused viewers to turn their sets off and ticket holders to empty their stadium seats?

Now, a survey from SurveyMonkey and Ozy Media, shared first with Yahoo Finance, finds that 33% of NFL fans boycotted the league this year—but not entirely because they were outraged by the player protests.

In fact, the researchers say, it was nearly 50:50. Half boycotted specifically in support of protest originator and free agent Colin Kaepernick (and/or demonstrations by his fellow players) and half boycotted in support of President Trump, who vocally opposed the protests.

The survey, released on January 8, was conducted among a national sample of 1,726 adults. It found that 1,233 of those people identified as football fans.

The survey then asked the football fans: “Did you purposely stop watching or attending NFL games this season for any reason?” One-third of respondents said yes.

That group, which the survey labeled as boycotters, was asked why, and was given multiple options. They answered as follows:

  • 32% said they stopped watching or attending NFL games in support of Donald Trump;
  • 22% said they did so in solidarity with players kneeling;
  • 13% said they had no interest in the teams playing;
  • 12% said they boycotted in support of Colin Kaepernick; and
  • 11% said they had distanced themselves from the sport because of news about traumatic brain injuries among players.

Another 8% said “games are boring” and 46% chose “some other reason.”

The results also show an interesting difference between male and female respondents: More men said they turned away from the NFL in support of Trump (35% to 25%), while more women said they did it in support of the players who took to their knees (30% to 17%) or in support of Kaepernick (17% to 10%).

The polling organizations note that there’s a nuance to consider here: Although it’s likely fair to assume that support of Kapernick is the same as support of the protests, it’s possible that there are people who were outraged that no team signed Kaepernick, but were also outraged by the player protests.

Similarly, it’s possible that some people do not like the protests but also do not like Trump’s constant attacks on the NFL. (In a Seton Hall University poll in November,71% of respondents said Trump should “stay out of it.”)

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NBC: Just 9% suspect sexual misconduct in their own offices

December 4, 2017

More than four out of every five Americans (80%) believe that sexual harassment is taking place in the workplace, but most men say they haven’t thought about changing their behavior, according to a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll—released just one day after the television network fired Today anchor Matt Lauer for cause.

The survey found, however, that very few people — just 9% of those employed — believe that sexual harassment is a problem in their own office. And three-quarters of those now working believe that their workplace demonstrates about the right amount of sensitivity on the emotionally charged issue, the news organization found.

The poll, one of the first to measure attitudes since sexual misconduct scandals began to dominate the news in October with the outing of film producer Harvey Weinstein, was conducted online from November 27 through November 29, with 3,772 adults responding.

Americans believe by a wide margin that sexual harassment has not increased, the survey showed. A large majority say that, instead, the incidents are being reported more widely because people are more willing to speak up now than they were in the past. A full two-thirds (66%) held that view, while just 13% said they thought misconduct had increased, the survey found. Another 18% blamed media overreaction for fueling the current furor.

Only 46% of men say they have thought more about their behavior toward women since the news articles began.

The NBC/SurveyMonkey poll also found a sharp partisan divide in reactions to the scandals. The survey found that Democratic men were more than twice as likely as Republican men to say that they had reflected on their own behavior, or their attitudes toward women, since the wave of sexually charged scandals began.

Some 68% of men who identified themselves as Republicans or leaning toward the party said they had not reflected on their own behavior or attitudes toward women.

The poll found the party-line break extended to women, with Democratic women much more likely than their Republican counterparts to say the revelations would cause them to speak up about the issue. Sixty percent of Democratic women deemed themselves more likely to speak up now, compared to just 33%

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78%: If my employer gets a tax cut, I won’t see a pay raise

December 1, 2017

More than three-quarters (78%) of working American adults say they do not believe they will get a raise if their employers enjoy a tax cut from Republican-driven legislation that will come to a vote in the U.S. Congress within the next few days.

Specifically, in a national survey of 9,504 adults conducted earlier this month on behalf of The New York Times by SurveyMonkey, even 70% of self-identified Republicans—and roughly 65% of respondents who said they strongly approved of President Trump’s performance in office — said they didn’t think they would get a pay increase.

Conversely, Republican legislators have staunchly contended that their plan to cut corporate taxes will increase wages for American workers. For example, The White House Council of Economic Advisers released a report, “Corporate Tax Reform and Wages: Theory and Evidence,” last month that estimated that the proposed corporate tax cut would increase a typical U.S. household’s income by $3,000 to $7,000 a year — a claim many independent economists have dismissed as unrealistic.

However, fully 85% of Independents and Democrats don’t think they will see a salary hike.

“There’s this widespread disbelief among Republicans, as there is among Democrats and Independents, that tax cuts for employers will rebound to their pocketbooks,” said Jon Cohen, vice president of Survey Research for SurveyMonkey.

Americans’ views of the tax plan in general are more divided. The Times survey, which was conducted in early November, found that 52 percent of respondents said they disapproved of the plan, compared with 44 percent who said they supported it. (The survey did not distinguish between the House and Senate versions of the plan.) That is generally in line with other polls, although some have put support for the plan significantly lower.

In general, opinions of the Republican plan split predictably along partisan lines. More than 80 percent of Republicans said they supported the plan, and more than 80 percent of Democrats said they opposed it. Most Republicans likewise said they believed that they would benefit personally from the plan, while few Democrats believed the same.

The strong overall support for the bill among Republicans masks significant disagreement beneath the surface, however. The survey showed that support for the plan was much stronger among Republicans who considered themselves “very conservative” than those who considered themselves conservative or moderate. And many moderate Republicans and independents said they were less interested in cutting taxes than in reducing the federal budget deficit, a potential trouble spot for a bill that most analyses suggest could add $1 trillion or more to the deficit.

Republicans still have time to win over skeptics. Only about a quarter of respondents to the Times survey said they were paying close attention to the tax plan. But in a potential sign of trouble for the bill, people who said they were watching the process closely were more likely to oppose it — and to oppose it strongly — than those paying less attention.

Research contact:  @bencasselman