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AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. Aug. 11-16, 2010. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 4.5.

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"Would you say that now is a good or bad time to invest in the stock market?"

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Good time Bad time Unsure
% % %

8/11-16/10

36 61 4

6/9-14/10

38 58 4

5/7-11/10

40 55 5

4/7-12/10

48 49 3

3/3-8/10

45 49 6

1/12-17/10

47 49 4

12/10-14/09

41 52 8

11/5-9/09

42 53 6

10/1-5/09

42 52 6

9/3-8/09

41 52 6

7/16-20/09

37 57 6

5/28 - 6/1/09

43 52 5

4/16-20/09

41 53 5

12/3-8/08

33 58 9

11/6-10/08

39 51 10

10/16-20/08

38 58 4

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"And would you say that now is a good or bad time to invest in real estate?"

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Good time Bad time Unsure
% % %

8/11-16/10

60 38 2

6/9-14/10

69 30 2

5/7-11/10

69 29 2

4/7-12/10

65 34 1

3/3-8/10

66 32 2

1/12-17/10

66 32 2

12/10-14/09

65 32 3

11/5-9/09

66 31 3

10/1-5/09

69 29 2

9/3-8/09

70 28 2

7/16-20/09

65 32 3

5/28 - 6/1/09

74 25 2

4/16-20/09

64 32 4

12/3-8/08

56 37 7

11/6-10/08

55 38 6

10/16-20/08

53 43 4

 

CBS News Poll. May 20-24, 2010. N=1,054 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think the stock market is fair to all investors, giving everyone an equal chance to make money, or do you think the stock market unfairly benefits rich investors at the expense of average Americans?"

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Fair to all Unfairly
benefits rich
Unsure

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% % %

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5/20-24/10

23 64 13

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NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). May 6-10, 2010. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"Which of these statements comes closer to your point of view? Statement A: The stock market is a fair and open way to invest one's money, and there are rules that make it fair and equal for all. Statement B: Because of corporate corruption and broker practices, the stock market is no longer a fair and open way to invest one's money."

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Fair and open No longer
fair and open
Unsure

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% % %

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5/6-10/10

35 58 7

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7/19-21/02

40 49 11

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USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 11-13, 2009. N=1,025 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"If you had a thousand dollars to spend, do you think investing it in the stock market would be a good or bad idea?"

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Good idea Bad idea Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

12/11-13/09

43 54 2 1

4/6-9/08

33 62 3 2

4/2-5/07

50 46 2 3

10/6-8/06

54 41 2 2
4/10-13/06 43 50 4 4
4/4-7/05 45 51 2 2
4/5-8/04 47 48 3 2
1/04 53 43 2 2
6/03 41 57 1 1
4/03 34 63 2 1
7/29-31/02 37 58 3 2
7/22-24/02 31 63 3 3
6/21-23/02 45 51 2 2
4/8-11/02 47 48 3 2
4/6-8/02 42 53 2 3
1/10-14/02 42 53 3 2
12/2-4/00 46 49 2 3
10/12-14/00 57 36 2 5
1/7-10/00 67 28 2 3
10/21-24/99 51 44 2 3
9/10-14/99 60 33 3 4
6/4-5/99 60 34 3 3
3/12-14/99 59 35 3 3
9/1/98 46 48 3 3
4/17-19/98 65 28 4 3

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Stockholders

1/7-10/00 81 16 2 1
10/21-24/99 63 35 1 1
9/10-14/99 69 26 3 2
6/4-5/99 72 23 3 2
3/12-14/99 71 25 2 2
9/1/98 60 34 3 3
4/17-19/98 82 14 3 1

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Non-stockholders

1/7-10/00 45 48 2 5
10/21-24/99 33 57 4 6
9/10-14/99 46 44 3 7
6/4-5/99 43 49 2 6
3/12-14/99 39 53 4 4
9/1/98 25 70 1 4
4/17-19/98 48 43 3 6

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9/1/98 preface to question: "Turning to the stock market: As you may know, the Dow Jones Industrial average, a key market indicator, fell by 513 points yesterday and gained 288 points today."

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"Thinking ahead to a year from now, do you think the stock market will be much higher, somewhat higher, about the same, somewhat lower, or much lower than it is today?" Options rotated

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Much
higher
Somewhat
higher
About the
same
Somewhat
lower
Much
lower
Unsure
% % % % % %

12/11-13/09

7 45 32 10 4 3
7/29-31/02 11 47 28 7 3 4
7/26-28/02 7 45 26 13 4 5
6/28-30/02 5 29 38 19 6 3
4/6-8/01 10 44 29 9 4 4
1/10-14/01 5 29 34 19 6 7

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Sept. 11-13, 2009. N=1,012 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Thinking about a year from now, do you think the stock market will be much higher, somewhat higher, about the same, somewhat lower, or much lower than it is today?"

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Much
higher
Somewhat
higher
About the
same
Somewhat
lower
Much
lower
% % % % %

9/11-13/09

6 43 30 13 5

 

Gallup Poll. March 4, 2009. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Just your best guess, how long do you think it will be before the stock market shows a sustained recovery?" Open-ended

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%

By the end of this year/In 2009

18

In one year/By the end of next year/In 2010

25

Two to three years

27

Four to five years

13

Longer than five years

6

Will never recover

2

Unsure

9

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"Do you think stocks remain a good long-term investment, or not?"

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Do Do not Unsure
% % %

3/4/09

53 41 6

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"What are you planning to do with your current investments in the stock market over the next month or so: continue to buy stocks, hold onto the stocks you own but not buy any more, or sell stocks and take money out of the stock market?" Options rotated. N=614 stockowners, MoE 4.

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Continue
to buy
Hold stocks/
Not buy more
Sell stocks/
Take money
out of market
Unsure
% % % %

3/4/09

21 73 4 2

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Dec. 19-21, 2008. N=1,013 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"If someone gave you a thousand dollars in cash and told you that you could not use it to pay off any debts or buy anything, which of the following would you be most likely to do with that money: deposit that cash in a bank account which is insured by the federal government; invest that cash in stocks, bonds or other investments which might earn more money than a bank but are not insured by the government; or keep that cash in your home or somewhere else where it would be under your direct control?"

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Deposit
in a bank
Invest Keep at home Other (vol.)
% % % %

12/19-21/08

45 24 29 2

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. May 1-8, 2008. N=2,208 adults nationwide, including 1,657 investors (respondents who have stocks, bonds, or mutual funds). MoE 3.

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"In your opinion, do you think that 2008 will be an above average, average, or below average year for the U.S. stock market?"

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Above
average
Average Below
average
Unsure  
% % % %  

ALL adults

8 28 50 14  

Investors

7 32 53 8  

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"Regardless of whether you own stock, in your opinion, do you think now is a good or a bad time to buy stock, or is it neither a good nor a bad time to buy stock?"

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Good Bad Neither Unsure  
% % % %  

ALL adults

29 34 24 13  

Investors

35 26 30 9  

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"As you may know, over the last ten years, the stock market has risen an average of almost seven percent annually. Thinking ahead to the next ten years, do you expect the annual return of the stock market will be higher, lower, or about the same as it was over the last ten years?"

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Higher Same Lower Unsure  
% % % %  

ALL adults

24 38 24 14  

Investors

23 44 25 8  

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"How about the bond market? Do you think that current interest rates on bonds make them a good investment or a bad investment over the next year compared with what could be earned in stocks and other investments?"

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Good Bad Same (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

ALL adults

27 26 6 41  

Investors

30 32 7 31  

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"From what you know, over the next twelve months, which area of the world offers the best investment climate: the United States, or Asia, or Europe, or the emerging markets, such as Brazil and Thailand?"

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U.S. Asia Europe Emerging
markets
Other (vol.)/
Unsure
% % % % %

ALL adults

28 29 11 10 22

Investors

27 32 10 14 17

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"When thinking about investing, do you prefer aggressive growth investments that have a higher potential return with more risk, or do you prefer income producing investments that preserve capital with less risk?"

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Aggressive Less Risk Both (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

ALL adults

15 60 7 18  

Investors

17 62 10 11  

 

Associated Press-AOL News Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Dec. 12-14, 2006. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think now is a good time or bad time to invest in the stock market?"

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Good Time Bad Time Unsure
% % %

12/12-14/06

47 42 11

 

Pew Research Center survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Jan. 4-8, 2006. N=1,503 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think now is a very good, good, bad, or very bad time to invest in the stock market?"

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Very good Good Bad Very bad Unsure
% % % % %
1/4-8/06 5 41 27 7 20
5/05 3 42 32 8 15

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. June 10-15, 2005. N=1,111 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

   

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"How confident are you in your ability to make good investment decisions in the stock market: very confident, somewhat confident, not very confident, or not at all confident?"

   

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Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not very
confident
Not at all
confident
Unsure
% % % % %
ALL 13 34 26 24 3
  Republicans 24 42 15 18 1
  Democrats 8 31 32 28 1
  Independents 10 31 30 27 2
   

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"Do you think of investment in the stock market as generally a safe investment or generally a risky investment?"

   

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Safe Risky Unsure
% % %
ALL 21 74 5
  Republicans 36 56 8
  Democrats 11 84 5
  Independents 19 78 3
   

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"Do you personally, or jointly with a spouse, have any money invested in the stock market right now ‑‑ either in individual stock or in a mutual fund -- or don't you?"

   

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Do Do not Unsure
% % %
ALL 46 52 2
  Republicans 59 40 1
  Democrats 40 60 0
  Independents 43 55 2

 

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

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"Overall, do you think the stock market is a safe investment, or a risky one?"

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    Safe Risky Unsure
% % %
 

3/10-13/05

29 69 3
7/02 19 80 2
1/01 35 61 3
5/00 34 58 8
6/99 37 52 9

 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 11-12, 2003. N=798 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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ALL Republicans Democrats Independents
% % % %
"How would you rate the overall condition of the stock market these days: excellent, very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?"
Excellent 0 0 1 1
Very good 6 12 3 5
Fairly good 43 53 31 45
Fairly bad 28 19 38 27
Very bad 6 4 10 5
Don't know 17 12 17 17

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"In the next three months, do you expect the stock market will rise a lot, rise moderately, not change, decline moderately, or decline a lot?"

Rise a lot 1 1 1 1
Rise moderately 41 48 32 43
Not change 32 34 41 24
Decline moderately 11 3 10 16
Decline a lot 2 1 3 1
Don't know 13 13 12 15

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 30-July 1, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"In the next six months, do you plan to put money in the stock market or take money out of the market?"

Put
Money In
Take
Money Out
Neither
(vol.)
Have No
Money in
the Market
(vol.)
Not
Sure
% % % % %
6/30 - 7/1/03 24 6 48 17 5

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). Dec. 7-9, 2002. N=500 adults nationwide.
 
"Thinking ahead to a year from now, do you think that the value of the stock market will be much higher, somewhat higher, about the same, somewhat lower, or much lower than it is today?"
 
Much
Higher
Somewhat
Higher
Same Somewhat
Lower
Much
Lower
Not
Sure
% % % % % %
12/02 2 43 27 12 4 12
10/02 * 5 44 30 9 4 8
7/02 8 48 25 11 3 5
1/01 5 30 35 18 5 7
12/00 4 25 35 23 4 9
4/00 * 6 30 35 14 6 9
3/00 * 8 30 35 11 5 11
10/99 6 24 39 22 4 5
4/99 7 26 35 17 7 8
1/99 5 27 35 16 6 11
7/98 6 30 32 19 7 6
12/97 7 31 35 15 4 8

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* Among registered voters

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). July 19-21, 2002. N=1,014 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1 (total sample).

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"When it comes to financial information that major stock brokerage firms and corporations provide to the public, do you or do you not have confidence that the information is straightforward and an honest analysis?"

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    7/02 6/02    
    % %    
  Do have confidence 23 29    
  Do not have confidence 70 57    
  Not sure 7 14    

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"When it comes to the problems in the financial markets, do you think that President Bush is more concerned about the interests of average Americans or more concerned about the interests of large corporations?"


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When it comes to the problems in the financial markets, do you think that the Republicans in Congress are more concerned about the interests of average Americans or more concerned about the interests of large corporations?"
Half sample (Form A)


"When it comes to the problems in the financial markets, do you think that the Democrats in Congress are more concerned about the interests of average Americans or more concerned about the interests of large corporations?"
Half sample (Form B)

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    President
Bush
Republicans
in Congress
Democrats
in Congress
 
    % % %  
  Average Americans 36 28 47  
  Large corporations 49 55 29  
  Both equally (vol.) 10 8 10  
  Not sure 5 9 14  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 11-15, 2002. N=1,512 adults nationwide. MoE 2.5.

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"In deciding your vote for the U.S. House, how much of a factor will regulating Wall Street and the stock market be: very important, somewhat important, not so important or not important at all?"
    Very Somewhat Not so Not at all Unsure
% % % % %
7/02 44 37 9 7

2

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling regulating Wall Street and the stock market?"
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %
7/02 50 36 14

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"Which political party, the Democrats or the Republicans, do you trust to do a better job regulating Wall Street and the stock market?"
%
Democrats 43
Republicans 39
Both (vol.) 5
Neither (vol.) 7
Unsure 6

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"How much do rises and falls in stock market prices affect you personally: a great deal, somewhat, not much or not at all?"
    A great deal Somewhat Not much Not at all Unsure
% % % % %
7/02 17 36 26 21

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9/86 6 20 28 44

3

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"Do you think there should be more government regulation of the stock market, less regulation, or should government regulation of the stock market stay as it is?"
    More Less Same Unsure  
% % % %
7/02 35 6 54

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10/97 14 16 65

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CBS News Poll. July 8-9, 2002. N=685 adults nationwide. MoE 4 (total sample).

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ALL Repub-
licans
Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
% % % %

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"How would you rate the overall condition of the stock market these days: excellent, very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?"
Excellent 0 0 0 1
Very good 5 6 5 5
Fairly good 42 46 40 41
Fairly bad 34 32 34 36
Very bad 11 9 12 13
Don't know 8 7 9 4

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"In the next year or so, do you think the stock market will go up or go down?"

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Up 60 64 59 58
Down 26 19 29 29
Don't know 14 17 12 13

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"Do you think insider trading in the stock market by investment professionals -- that is, trading on information not known by the general public -- is isolated to just a few people, or do you think insider trading is widespread among investment professionals?"

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Isolated 23 29 20 20
Widespread 68 57 72 71
Varies (vol.) 1 1 0 1
Don't know 8 13 8 8

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 28-30, 2002. N=1,019 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do the recent scandals involving large corporations make you less likely to invest in the stock market, or not?"

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  %        
Less likely 58        
Not less likely 39        
No opinion 3        

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). June 8-10, 2002. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"When it comes to financial information that major stock brokerage firms and corporations provide to the public, do you or do you not have confidence that the information is straightforward and an honest analysis?"
%
Have confidence 29
Do not have confidence 57
Unsure 14

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Asked of respondents who say they have at least $5,000 invested in mutual funds or stocks:
"In your opinion, is today a good time to buy stock, a good time to sell stock, or a good time to hold on to your stock?"
Buy Sell Hold Unsure
% % % %
6/02 29 4 56 11
4/01 33 2 59 6
3/01 27 4 62 7
9/98 24 8 56 12

 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 28-31, 2001. N=850 adults nationwide (MoE 3), including 491 stock market investors.

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ALL Stock-
holders
% %
"How would you rate the overall condition of the stock market these days: excellent, very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?"
Excellent 1 1
Very good 5 4
Fairly good 37 39
Fairly bad 31 35
Very bad 12 15
Don't know 14 6

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"In the next year or so, do you think the stock market will go up or go down?"
Up 49 54
Down 34 33
Don't know 17 13

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"Do you think of investment in the stock market as generally a safe investment or generally a risky investment?"
Safe 18 25
Risky 77 70
Don't know 5 5

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"Have you changed your approach to your investments as a result of what's happened in the stock market in the past year, or not?"
Have changed 40
Have not 59
Don't know 1

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 14, 2001. N=661 adults nationwide (MoE 4), including 463 stockholders (MoE 5).

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ALL Stock-
holders
% %
"As you may know, the Dow Jones Industrial Average of stocks lost more than 300 points and fell below the 10,000 mark today. Did the fall in the stock market affect your family’s financial position in a major way, a minor way, or not at all?"
Major way 7 9
Minor way 35 49
Not at all 54 39
No opinion 4 3

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"How concerned are you personally about the direction the stock market takes in the next year: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?"
Very concerned 19 22
Somewhat concerned 40 45
Not too concerned 20 21
Not concerned at all 20 12
No opinion 1 -

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"Next, please tell me whether the recent changes in the stock market have, or have not . . . ? "
Have Have
Not
Doesn't
Apply
(vol.)
Not
Sure
% % % %
"Made you feel less confident about the nation’s economy"
ALL 51 46 1 2
Stockholders 54 45 - 1

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"Made you feel less confident about your own personal financial situation"
ALL 29 69 1 1
Stockholders 32 67 - 1

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"Made you seriously consider canceling or postponing a big purchase, vacation or other expenditure"
ALL 21 77 2 -
Stockholders 24 75 1 -

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"Made you less likely to invest in the stock market"
ALL 40 56 3 1
Stockholders 42 55 2 1

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"Made you less confident that you will be able to live comfortably when you retire"
ALL 33 58 7 2
Stockholders 33 60 6 1

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"Made you less confident about your job situation"
Employed (N=405) 21 78 1 -

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ALL Stock-
holders
% %
"What do you think will happen to the stock market in the next six months: [rotate] the stock market will get better, the stock market will stabilize, or the stock market will get worse?" If "Get worse": "Do you think the stock market will [rotate] get much worse or get a little worse?"
Get better 29 29
Stabilize 50 54
Get a little worse 10 10
Get much worse 6 4
No opinion 5 3

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"Looking more broadly at the economy, what do you think will happen in the next six months: [rotate] the economy will get better, the economy will stabilize, or the economy will get worse?" If "Get worse": "Do you think the economy will [rotate] get much worse or get a little worse?"
Get better 23 19
Stabilize 49 53
Get a little worse 18 20
Get much worse 7 6
No opinion 3 2

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"As you may know, people who think the market will rise are usually described as bulls and people who think the market will drop are usually described as bears. Would you currently describe yourself [rotate] more as a bull or more as a bear?"
Bull 52 59
Bear 38 35
No opinion 10 6

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"Does today’s drop in the stock market [rotate] make you more likely to support a tax cut, make no difference in your support for a tax cut, or make you less likely to support a tax cut?"
More likely 39 44
No difference 42 38
Less likely 16 15
No opinion 3 3

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 7-9, 2000. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"In your opinion, is the recent volatility in the stock market, including the drop in the Dow Jones average, [rotate] the normal type of fluctuation to be expected, and not a sign of a long-term change in the direction of the market; or is it a sign of a significant and long-term downturn in the market?"

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4/00 3/00
% %
Normal fluctuation 62 62
Long-term downturn 18 20
Neither/Other (vol.) 4 3
No opinion 16 15

 

CNN/Time Poll conducted by Yankelovich Partners. March 8-9, 2000. N=1,559 adults nationwide. MoE 2.5.

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"If you had a thousand dollars to spend, do you think investing it in the stock market would be a good idea or a bad idea?"

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Good Idea Bad Idea Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
3/00 55 36 4 5
5/99 51 41 3 5
4/98 57 34 5 4
10/97 46 47 3 4
3/94 38 48 9 7
2/90 26 68 2 4

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 12-14, 1999. N=1,025 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Thinking about the U.S. stock market, do you think stock prices will go higher or lower in the next six months?"

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Higher Lower Stay the
Same (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %  
3/12-14/99 61 29 3 7
8/21-23/98 45 38 5 12
4/17-19/98 66 23 3 8

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11/6-9/97 62 25 4 9

 


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