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Pew Research Center Poll. Dec. 9-13, 2009. Adults nationwide.

             

"As I read a list of changes that have taken place, please tell me if you think each one has been a change for the better, a change for the worse, or hasn't made much difference. Has [see below] been a change for the better, a change for the worse, or hasn't this made much difference?"

 
    Change for
the better
Change for
the worse
Not much
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"Cellphones" N=725 (Form 2), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

69 14 11 5  
 
 

"Email" N=725 (Form 2), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

65 7 19 9  
 
 

"The internet" N=779 (Form 1), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

65 16 11 8  
 
 

"Handheld devices such as Blackberries and iPhones" N=779 (Form 1), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

56 25 12 7  
 
 

"Online shopping" N=725 (Form 2), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

54 15 24 8  
 
 

"Social networking sites such as Facebook" N=725 (Form 2), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

35 21 31 12  
 
 

"Internet blogs" N=725 (Form 2), MoE 4.5

 

12/9-13/09

29 21 36 14  

 

Harris Poll. July 7-12 & Oct. 13-18, 2009. N=2,029 adults nationwide.

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"Do you personally use a computer at home, work or another location?"

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Yes

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%

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2009

82

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2008

83

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2007

81

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2006

81

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2005

79

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2000

74

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1996

54

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"Do you personally use a computer at home, work or another location?" If yes: "At home, do you personally use the computer to access an online service such as AOL, MSN, or Yahoo, or not? ... At home, do you personally use the computer to access the Internet, or not? ... At work, do you personally use the computer to access the Internet? ... At another location, do you personally use the computer to access the Internet?"

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Online:
Combined
Online
at home
Online
at work
Online
at another
location

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% % % %

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2009

80 76 40 32

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2000

63 49 29 17

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1996

19 16 16 n/a

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"How many hours per week do you typically spend on the Internet or World Wide Web?" Among online users

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MEAN

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2009

13 hours

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"Last month did you purchase any products or services over the Internet?" Among online users

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Yes No

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% %

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2009

50 50

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Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Dec. 13-15, 2005. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"Im going to read you a list of devices and services you might have in your home or car. For each one, please tell me if anyone in your household has or uses the device or service. . . ."

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    Yes No Unsure

   

%

%

%

A VCR

88

12

-

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A CD player

88

12

-

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A DVD player

82

18

-

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A cell phone

75

25

-

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A personal computer

75

25

-

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An electronic gaming console, like a Playstation or Xbox

39

61

-

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A portable gaming device, like a Gameboy or PSP

30

70

-

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A high-definition television set or HDTV

28

71

1

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A DVR recorder, like a TiVO or a set-top box from your television provider that records shows

25

74

1

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An MP3 player, like an iPod

24

76

-

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Satellite radio, like XM radio or Sirius radio

14

86

-

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"Does your household currently subscribe to cable TV or a satellite dish service like DirecTV or the Dish network?"

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Cable TV Dish Both Neither  

%

%

%

%

 

12/13-15/05

51

26

1

22

 

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"Do you have Internet access in your home, or not?"

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Yes No      

%

%

     

12/13-15/05

68

32

     

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Asked of those with Internet access in their home:
"
Do you have high-speed Internet service, such as a cable or DSL hook-up, or is your Internet access through a dial-up telephone modem?"

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High-speed Dial-up Unsure    

%

%

%

   

12/13-15/05

61

37

2

   

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"Thinking about cable or satellite television -- Would you prefer to be able to choose and pay for your own tailored selection of TV channels or would you prefer to buy a bundle of channels where the channels are chosen by the cable or satellite company?"

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Tailored
Selection
Bundle Unsure    

%

%

%

   

12/13-15/05

78

15

7

   

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"How interested would you be in watching television shows on a portable device like an MP3 player or iPod, where you would pay $1.99 for a television show that you could take on the road with you? Would you say you would be very interested, somewhat interested, not too interested, or not at all interested?"

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Very
Interested
Somewhat
Interested
Not Too
Interested
Not at All
Interested
 

%

%

%

%

 

12/13-15/05

4

15

17

64

 

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"How interested would you be in purchasing television service from your telephone company, if the telephone company offered more choice in channel selection at a price that would be competitive with the cable and satellite TV companies? Would you say you would be very interested, somewhat interested, not too interested, or not at all interested?"

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Very
Interested
Somewhat
Interested
Not Too
Interested
Not at All
Interested
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

12/13-15/05

22

42

10

25

1


 

Gallup Poll. Dec. 5-8, 2005. Adults nationwide.

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"How often do you, yourself, use the Internet to do the following: frequently, occasionally, rarely or never? How about for [see below]?" N=759 Internet users, MoE 4

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    Frequently Occasionally Rarely/Never
    % % %

Sending and reading e-mail

67 20 13

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Checking news and weather

45 27 28

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Paying bills online

27 13 60

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Making travel plans

19 33 48

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Shopping 18 34 48

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Budgeting personal finances

17 12 70

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Using instant messaging

16 12 72

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Playing games

16 12 72

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Finding medical advice

10 31 59

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Downloading music

10 12 78

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Reading "blogs" or web logs

9 11 79

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Watching video web casts or video clips

8 14 78

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Buying or selling products in online auctions, such as on eBay 7 16 77

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 10-13, 2005. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"How much do you worry that computers and technology are being used to invade your privacy? Is that something you worry about a lot, some, not much or not at all?"

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A Lot Some Not Much Not At All Unsure
% % % % %

3/10-13/05

23 34 24 18 1
1/00 15 26 24 33 2
6/94 9 29 34 27 1

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"Have you personally ever had someone steal and misuse your credit card number or other personal information, or not?"

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Yes No
% %

3/10-13/05

22 78

3/01

22 78

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"How concerned are you about having records containing your personal information stolen over the Internet: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?"

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Very Somewhat Not Too Not At All
% % % %

3/10-13/05

40 32 17 11

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"As you may know there are some companies that collect and sell information about people such as their Social Security number, credit card payment history, and public records such as drivers license, real estate, court and military service records. Do you think the companies that collect and sell this information are doing enough to protect your personal privacy, or not?"

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Enough Not
Enough
Unsure
% % %

3/10-13/05

13 84 3

   

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 15-16, 2003. N=675 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"How closely have you followed the issue of people sharing music for free through the Internet? Would you say you've followed it very closely, somewhat closely, not very closely, or not at all?"

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ALL 18-29
Years Old
30 & Older
  % % %    
Very closely 8 13 7
Somewhat closely 31 39 29
Not very closely 23 19 24
Not at all 37 28 40
Don't know 1 1 0

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Asked of those who have followed the issue:
"When it comes to sharing music over the Internet for free, which comes closest to your view? (1) Sharing music files over the Internet is ALWAYS acceptable, no matter how many copies are made, or by whom. OR, (2) Sharing music files over the Internet is SOMETIMES acceptable, if a person shares music from a CD he or she owns with a limited number of friends or acquaintances. OR (3), Sharing music files over the Internet is NEVER acceptable because it deprives musicians and music companies of their income."

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ALL 18-29
Years Old
30 & Older
  % % %    
Always acceptable 14 29 9
Sometimes acceptable 44 40 46
Never acceptable 37 30 40
Don't know 5 1 5

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 9-10, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Recently the recording industry has sued students and other individuals who have downloaded music over the Internet. Do you approve or disapprove of people downloading music over the Internet?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
  % % %    
ALL 35 47 18
Age 18-34 61 35 4
35-50 39 47 14
51-59 38 43 19
60-70 20 53 28
Over 70 11 58 30

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"Have you personally downloaded music over the Internet without paying a fee?"

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Yes No Unsure
  % % %    
ALL 15 81 4
Age 18-34 32 63 4
35-50 21 77 3
51-59 7 91 2
60-70 5 92 3
Over 70 2 90 8

 

The Harris Poll. Dec. 14-21, 2000. N=618 adults nationwide who are Internet users. MoE 3.

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"Thinking about what you do online, how often do you use the Internet, World Wide Web, or an online service [see below]: very often, often, sometimes, rarely, or never?"

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Very Often/
Often/
Sometimes
%
To send or receive e-mail 89
To check on news updates, weather, etc. 68
To get information about a hobby or special interest 67
To gather information about products and services 62
To do research for work or school 61
To surf to explore new and different sites 60
To obtain information about health or diseases 48
To obtain information on local amusements and activities 42
To make travel plans and reservations 39
To find and download software 38
For financial management and investing 31
To download or play games 28
To participate in chat groups 13
To take courses 9

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 7-8, 2000. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"In general, how concerned are you about your ability to keep your personal information, such as medical or financial records, confidential . . . ?"

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%
Very 69
Somewhat 17
Not very 6
Not at all 7
Not sure 1

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"Do you think it is getting easier or harder to keep your personal information confidential?"

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%
Easier 4
Harder 90
Same (vol.) 3
Not sure 3

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"Do you think electronic mail (e-mail) is secure and private?"

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ALL Internet
Users
% %
Yes 8 10
No 80 85
Not sure 12 5

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"Do you believe personal information, such as your Social Security number or credit rating, can be found on the Internet?"

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ALL Internet
Users
% %
Yes 84 89
No 8 6
Not sure 8 5

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"Do you think personal information on the Internet is secure?"

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ALL Internet
Users
% %
Yes 4 5
No 89 91
Not sure 7 4

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"How concerned are you that your [see below] can be found on the Internet . . . ?"

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Very Somewhat Not Very Not at All Unsure
% % % % %
Social Security number 75 15 4 4 2
Credit card numbers 74 11 4 8 3
Financial records 64 19 8 6 3
Home address 54 18 13 14 1
Phone number 51 19 14 14 2
Medical records 47 25 14 11 3

 

ABC News Poll. Jan. 21-26, 2000. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think that buying things over the Internet threatens your personal privacy, or not?"
%
Yes 41
No 47
No opinion 12

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"Compared to buying things by mail order or in a store, do you think that buying things over the Internet poses more of a threat to your personal privacy, less of a threat, or about the same?"
%
More of a threat 40
Less of a threat 7
About the same 47
No opinion 6

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"As you may know, whether or not you shop over the Internet, companies may keep records of the things you buy, and sell those records to other companies for marketing purposes. Do you think it should be legal or illegal for companies to do that?"
%
Legal 18
Illegal 76
No opinion 6

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"Government agencies keep public records of things like driving records, marriage records, real estate purchases, and court cases. Do you think these records should or should not be publicly available over the Internet?"
%
Should 11
Should not 86
No opinion 3

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"Do you use a computer to access the Internet, or not?"
%
Yes 48
No 52

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"Have you ever bought anything over the Internet, or not?"
1/00 6/99
% %
Yes 27 19
No 73 80

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Jan. 12-13, 2000. N=902 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Which of the following statements best describes how you feel about the increasing role computers play in our lives? (1) I'm enthusiastic about computers, they improve the quality of our lives. (2) I accept computers, but their role in our lives has been both good and bad. OR, (3) I reject computers, they are harming the quality of our lives."
%
I'm enthusiastic about computers 31
Their role has been both good and bad 58
I reject computers 8
Not sure 3

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"Do you use, even on an occasional basis, a computer at work, school or home to connect to the Internet, the World Wide Web, or with information services such as America Online? . . ."
%
Yes -- at home 45
Yes -- at work 21
Yes -- at school 1
Yes -- other 3
No 29
Not sure 1

 

CBS News Poll. Jan. 2, 2000. N=707 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"Did computer mistakes due to the year 2000 issue -- Y2K -- cause any problems or inconveniences for you personally?"
%
Yes 1
No 98
Don't know 1

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"So far, there have been very few reports of Y2K problems. Which of the following do you think is the more important reason for that: people spent time and energy fixing the problems OR the problems weren't serious to begin with?"
%
Problems were fixed 63
Problems weren't serious 32
Don't know 5

 

National Science Foundation/USA Today Poll conducted by the Gallup Organization. Latest: Dec. 16-19, 1999. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"As you may know, most computer systems around the world have to be reprogrammed so that they can accurately recognize the date once we reach the Year 2000. Do you think that computer mistakes due to the Year 2000 issue will cause major problems, minor problems, or no problems at all?"
Major Minor None Unsure
% % % %
12/99 7 70 21 2
11/99 12 71 14 3
8/99 11 71 15 3
3/99 21 65 12 2
12/98 34 51 10 5

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"Do you think that computer mistakes due to the Year 2000 issue will cause major problems, minor problems or no problems at all for you personally?"
Major Minor None Unsure
% % % %
12/99 3 44 52 1
11/99 3 50 45 2
8/99 7 52 40 1
3/99 9 56 32 3
12/98 14 53 30 3

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12/99 results based on half sample (N=506, MoE +/- 5):
Next, Im going to read a list of some things people may or may not do in order to protect themselves against possible problems associated with the Y2K computer bug. For each one, please say if that is something you have already done as of today, something you probably WILL do, or something you will probably not do. How about . . . ?"

[Wording prior to 12/99: "For each of the following, please say whether that is something you probably will or will not do in order to protect yourself against problems associated with the Y2K computer bug. . . ."]
Have done/
Probably will
Probably
will not
Unsure
% % %
"Make sure the gas tank in your car, truck or other automobile is full on New Years Eve"
12/99 75 24

1

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"Avoid traveling on airplanes on or around January 1, 2000"
12/99 51 48

1

11/99 55 43

2

8/99 43 55

2

3/99 54 44

2

12/98 47 50 3

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"Obtain special confirmation or documentation of your bank account balances, retirement funds, or other financial records"
12/99 48 50

2

11/99 58 41

1

8/99 51 48

1

3/99 66 33

1

12/98 65 33 2

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"Stockpile food and water"
12/99 42 58

-

11/99 40 59

1

8/99 36 63

1

3/99 39 60

1

12/98 26 72 2

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"Stock up on gasoline"
12/99 21 78

1

11/99 28 71

1

8/99 21 77

2

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"Withdraw and set aside a large amount of cash"
12/99 21 78

1

11/99 25 73

2

8/99 25 74

1

3/99 30 70

-

12/98 31 66 3

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"Buy a generator or wood stove"
12/99 12 87

1

11/99 13 85

2

8/99 14 86

-

3/99 24 75

1

12/98 17 81 2

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"Withdraw all your money from the bank"
12/99 6 93

1

11/99 8 91

1

8/99 10 90

-

3/99 15 84

1

12/98 16 82 2

 

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Aug. 25-26, 1999. N=902 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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8/99 1/99 10/97
% % %
"Have you heard about the Y2K or 'Year 2000 Problem,' a computer bug that means many computer programs won’t be able to tell what year it is after 1999?"
Yes 97 93 66
No 2 6 32
Not sure 1 1 2

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The questions below were asked of those who answered 'Yes' to the question above:

"Do you think the problem will be solved before 2000, or not?"

Yes 65 66 75
No 26 27 13
Not sure 9 7 12

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"As a precaution, do you plan to take at least some of your money out of the bank before December 31, 1999, in case there are computer problems?"
Yes 32 31
No 61 61
Not sure 7 8

 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 1-3, 1999. N=1,165 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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ALL Men Women Under
age 30
Over
age 65
% % % % %
"Do you have access to a computer?"
Yes 66 68 64 76 30
No 34 32 36 24 70

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"Do you personally use a computer either at home, work or school to connect to the Internet or an online service like AOL?"
Yes 50 53 47 66 13
No 16 15 17 10 17
NOT ASKED -- Answered "No" on preceding question 34 32 36 24 70

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"Do you have an e-mail address through which you can send or receive electronic mail messages by computer?"
Yes 44 47 40 53 16
No 56 52 59 47 82
Don't know/No answer 0 1 1 0 2

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"Approximately when did you first start going on-line -- that is, using the Internet, sending e-mail or going on the World Wide Web? Within the last 6 months, in the last year, 2 to 5 years ago, 6 to 10 years ago, or was it more than 10 years ago?"
Within last 6 months 6 4 8 7 4
Within last year 13 13 13 16 6
2-5 years ago 28 30 25 39 7
6-10 years ago 5 7 3 6 0
More than 10 years ago 1 1 0 0 1
Don't know/No answer 0 1 2 0 0
NOT ASKED -- Have no Internet or e-mail access 47 44 49 32 82

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. June 7-9, 1998. N=1,126 adults nationwide, including 765 computer users.

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ALL
Computer
users
Non-users
% % %
"Do you think that, in general, computers create more problems than they solve, or do you think computers solve more problems than they create?"
Create more than solve 29 20 49
Solve more than create 59 71 33
Both (vol.) 5 5 5
Don't know/No answer 7 4 13
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"Would you say using a computer at home, work or school is a very important part of your daily life, or is it not that important?"
Very important 43 63
Not that important 24 35
Don't know 0 2
No computer 33
.
"Do you use a computer system with a Microsoft Windows operating system?"
Yes 55 80
No 12 17
Don't know/No answer 0 3
No computer 33
.
"Do you have an e-mail address through which you can send or receive electronic mail messages by computer?"
Yes 34 51
No 33 49
No computer 33

 


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