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A third of U.S. adults are so stressed by the prospect of mass shootings that they avoid visiting certain places or attending certain events, according to a new survey from the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Harris Poll.
The survey, released shortly after a pair of mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas left 31 people dead in the course of one weekend, found that an overwhelming majority of American adults—79% — experience some amount of stress related to mass shootings. A third of the 2,000 respondents said that fear was so great they avoid going to certain places or events, and almost a quarter said they’ve changed their lives due to fear of mass shootings.
Public events, malls, schools and movie theaters were the places or occasions that most commonly sparked fears of a shooting, according to the survey. U.S. mass shootings have occurred in each of these locations in recent memory. This year alone, mass shootings have occurred in a bank, a college, a warehouse, a municipal center, an apartment, a food festival, a Walmart and a downtown district.
Almost a third of Hispanic adults, compared to 15% of white adults, said they experience stress “often or constantly” as a result of mass shootings, while 60% of black Americans, 50% of Hispanic Americans and 41% of white Americans said they think they or someone they know will be the victim of such violence. The suspect behind the recent shooting in El Paso specifically said he was targeting “Mexicans.”
Read the full story at TIME.
Read the APA press release here.
By Erica Chayes Wida | USA TODAY
America runs on Dunkin', but they do go to Starbucks a lot. But do they really like either brand?
The results are in from a recent poll which determined America's "Brand of the Year" award for the country's favorite coffee shop.
Most would think Starbucks, as the international chain famous for its Frappuccino and Instagram-worthy drinks seems to have a location on every street corner. But it wasn't as two big chains edged out Starbucks for tied top spot.
Each year, the market research firm evaluates trends and people's interests to discover all of America's favorites, from the country's favorite burger chain to its favorite age group, which also had a surprising consensus.
To see what the best restaurants, consumer goods and retail brands were this year, the Harris Poll team recruited 45,000 consumers aged 15 years and older to assess nearly 2,000 brands.
So what makes Dunkin' and Krispy Kreme so lovable, besides the fact that they serve doughnuts all day?
"The common thread that runs across all the brands awarded here is their consumer devotion and respect for — and expectation of — performance. ” said Harris Poll CEO John Gerzema. “These are brands Americans especially love and expect great things from in the future.”
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"The self-employed are enjoying life. Given the autonomy and flexibility in their work situations, the concept of retirement is less relevant to them and not necessarily something they aspire to," said Catherine Collinson, CEO and president of Transamerica Institute® and TCRS.
The survey of 755 respondents explores the retirement outlook of individuals who are primarily self-employed. The survey's sample comprises respondents who indicate that full-time or part-time self-employment best describes their employment. Forty-seven percent are sole proprietors and 27 percent own a business that employs others. Among the 26 percent who are freelancers, only nine percent participate in an internet platform or app.
Retiring (or Not Retiring) on Their Own Terms
"Unfettered by employers that can profoundly influence when and how they will retire, the self-employed have a strong vision of retiring on their own terms. Many intend to work beyond traditional retirement age, while others have no intentions of ever retiring," said Collinson. Sixty-eight percent of the self-employed are planning to work past age 65, including 40 percent who expect to retire after age 65 and 28 percent who do not plan to retire. Moreover, 62 percent plan to continue working in retirement.
Among the self-employed who expect to retire after age 65 and/or continue working in retirement, their reasons for doing so are more often healthy-aging related (83 percent) than financial (73 percent). The most often cited reasons are to be active (59 percent), keep their brain alert (56 percent), enjoy what they do (54 percent), and want the income (54 percent).
The majority of the self-employed (74 percent) envision either continued work or a gradual transition into retirement, including 28 percent envisioning working as long as possible, and 46 percent thinking they will reduce their work hours or work in a different capacity that is less demanding and/or brings greater personal satisfaction. Only 11 percent of the self-employed plan to immediately stop working when they retire.
Retirement Savings of the Self-Employed
"Whether or not they intend to retire, the self-employed should financially prepare themselves for a time when they will no longer be working. Unlike employed workers with steady paychecks and employer-sponsored benefits, the self-employed must take a do-it-yourself approach to preparing for retirement," said Collinson.
Most of the self-employed are saving for retirement to a greater or lesser extent, with 55 percent consistently doing so, and 30 percent saving from time to time. A concerning 15 percent say they never save for retirement.
Total household retirement savings among the self-employed is $71,000 (estimated median). The research finds that relatively few are saving in tax-advantaged retirement accounts, which suggests they may be missing out on an opportunity. Only 31 percent are saving in a Traditional or Roth IRA.
The self-employed expect diverse sources of income when they retire. Seventy percent are expecting income from Social Security, and 54 percent from other savings and investments. Of note, only 40 percent expect retirement income from typical retirement accounts such as 401(k)s, 403(b)s, or IRAs. Since the majority of the self-employed plan to work in retirement, it follows that 38 percent expect income from working. Among business owners (sole proprietors and those who employ others), 49 percent expect income from their business and 17 percent expect income from the sale of their business.
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Kathy Steinberg, Senior Research Consultant at The Harris Poll, will take part in two panel discussions with other healthcare industry leaders titled:
- Navigating the Intersection of Communications and Patient Advocacy
- 20 Things You Can Do to Prepare for the Next Era in Healthcare Communications
To support these panel discussions, The Harris Poll is conducting a survey that will provide insights into how consumers find and use health information today, and particularly whether the availability of health information online helps or hurts the way we receive care. Findings from the survey will be released at the summit on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 23rd.
For more information about the conference, or to register, please visit their web site at www.exlevents.com/PR
Kids are Interested in Space
According to a Harris Poll/LEGO® survey1 conducted in the US, UK and China , 86% of children aged 8 to 12 say they are interested in space exploration, and 90% of them want to learn more. Interestingly, 83% of parents (averaged across the three countries) who participated in the survey believe their children are interested in space, yet only 53% of kids say their interest in space is fueled by their parents, citing teachers (79%) and the internet (71%) as primary learning sources.
Fifty years ago, Apollo 11 carried NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon, and today's children are well-versed in the history of global space exploration. In a multiple-choice question, most kids (85%) can identify Neil Armstrong as the first person to walk on the moon (88% in the US, 87% in UK, 79% in China ). Today's kids also could not be fooled, with only 2% believing it was Buzz Lightyear.
Nearly all children aged eight to 12 from China (97%), US (88%) and UK (87%) envision a human going to Mars in the future. In China, about a quarter (24%) of kids who think humans will go to Mars say it will happen either this year or next. Three-quarters of kids believe that humans will live in outer space or on a different planet, though kids from China are more likely to think so (96%) than are kids from the US (66%) and UK (62%). Similarly, when asked if they personally would like to go to outer space or a different planet, kids from China are more likely to say 'yes' (95%) than are kids from the US (68%) or UK (63%).
The survey also revealed that today's children are three times more likely to aspire to be a YouTuber (29%) than an Astronaut (11%). When asked 'which … careers are part of space exploration?' Astronaut was the most chosen answer (90%), followed by Engineer (58%) and Computer Programmer (52%). Only seven percent of children see a role for a Farmer/Gardener in the space program, an indication that kids may not realize all of the different jobs required to support space travel.
Read more at Yahoo Finance.