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December 7, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
America's nonprofit theaters are feeling a bit better about their finances these days, according to a recent survey conducted by the sector's main national service organization, Theatre Communications Group. But the actors, directors and designers who work in those theaters shouldn't bank on a trickle-down effect boosting their standard of living. Asked to list their top five priorities for the coming year, only 19% of the 206 theaters surveyed by TCG and its partner, the Assn.
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January 20, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker
The reason New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has begun to punch back more forcefully against accusations of bullying and cronyism is suggested in a new poll showing the road-closure scandal surrounding the governor has cut into what once was his chief asset: a perception of blunt honesty. A national survey by the Pew Research Center and USA Today showed that almost 6 in 10 Americans who had heard of the controversy do not believe his assertions that he did not know that his aides were involved in closing lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge last September - causing a massive four-day traffic jam - until evidence of it became public recently.
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NEWS
December 19, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel
More adolescents are using pot and they increasingly believe that the drug is benign. Those are the findings from the latest annual survey of eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders put out each year by the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse . Among other things, the Monitoring the Future survey found the following: Among 12th-graders: 6.5% smoked marijuana daily. That's an increase from five years ago, when that figure was 5.1%. “Nearly 23% said they smoked it in the month prior to the survey,” a press release about the study noted.
OPINION
July 20, 2013
Re "OMG! Students, like, can write," July 16 It is indeed encouraging that technology is apparently promoting "a deeper interest in writing," according to a national survey of teachers by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. However, I am concerned that schools are failing to produce students proficient in the actual task. Technology may drive the interest forward, but if the fundamental basics in grammar, spelling, punctuation and creative, coherent storytelling are lacking, then what good is it?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1995 | From Associated Press
Members of the clergy are just as likely to get divorced as the men and women who stand before them at the altar and solemnly promise to stay together until death do them part. A national survey of Protestant clergy, conducted in 1993 and 1994 by the Hartford Seminary, found that 25% of clergywomen and 20% of clergymen have been divorced at least once.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2002
This is the most extensive opinion survey of the nation's Catholic priests since a Los Angeles Times poll of priests and nuns conducted over several months in 1993 and 1994. Opinion surveys of the general population usually are conducted by telephone, using random-digit dialing. For a small population such as priests, however, that method is impractical. Instead, The Times Poll chose a sample of 5,000 active and retired priests across the country in 80 dioceses and mailed surveys to them.
NEWS
January 20, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker
The reason New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has begun to punch back more forcefully against accusations of bullying and cronyism is suggested in a new poll showing the road-closure scandal surrounding the governor has cut into what once was his chief asset: a perception of blunt honesty. A national survey by the Pew Research Center and USA Today showed that almost 6 in 10 Americans who had heard of the controversy do not believe his assertions that he did not know that his aides were involved in closing lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge last September - causing a massive four-day traffic jam - until evidence of it became public recently.
NEWS
March 27, 1992
The 1990 Science Report Card, prepared by the National Center for Education Statistics, is based on a national survey of nearly 20,000 students in grades 4, 8 and 12, testing their knowledge in the life, physical, earth, space and natural sciences.
BUSINESS
October 16, 1989
Mortgage Rates Down: Fixed-rate home mortgages are currently averaging 9.95%, according to a national survey by the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. That rate was down from 10.1% the previous week. On one-year adjustable rate mortgages, lenders were asking an average initial rate of 8.6%, up from 8.72% the week before.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
More than half of small businesses are in favor of requiring all employers to comply with some kind of E-Verify system, even though a majority of them don't use it or have never heard of it, according to a national survey. The National Small Business Assn. interviewed nearly 300 businesses for its 2013 Workforce and Immigration Survey . It found that 17% employ immigrant workers and that 46% depend on workers with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
SCIENCE
March 20, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times
U.S. schoolchildren are being diagnosed with some form of autism at a record rate of 1 in 50, according to a new government study. That rate of 2% is based on a survey involving tens of thousands of children between the ages of 6 and 17. A similar survey in 2007 found a rate of 1.2%. Though the increase is likely to fuel speculation that an expanding environmental threat is behind the rise in autism cases, the authors said their report did not support that view. Rather, better detection appears to be driving the surge, according to the researchers, from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON -- The Southwest and Southeast had the highest hunger rates in the nation last year, according to a report released by the Food Research and Action Center, a nonprofit Washington-based group focusing on hunger and undernourishment in the United States. These regions reported at least 1 out of 5 people suffered from hunger,  the report says. In Arizona, the number of people who went hungry last year increased slightly as the national hunger rate fell. An estimated 20.9% of Arizonans sometimes went without food last year because their family didn't have the money to buy it. The state fared slightly worse than it did the previous year, when 20.5% of those surveyed reported food hardship.
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel
More adolescents are using pot and they increasingly believe that the drug is benign. Those are the findings from the latest annual survey of eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders put out each year by the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse . Among other things, the Monitoring the Future survey found the following: Among 12th-graders: 6.5% smoked marijuana daily. That's an increase from five years ago, when that figure was 5.1%. “Nearly 23% said they smoked it in the month prior to the survey,” a press release about the study noted.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
America's nonprofit theaters are feeling a bit better about their finances these days, according to a recent survey conducted by the sector's main national service organization, Theatre Communications Group. But the actors, directors and designers who work in those theaters shouldn't bank on a trickle-down effect boosting their standard of living. Asked to list their top five priorities for the coming year, only 19% of the 206 theaters surveyed by TCG and its partner, the Assn.
NEWS
August 27, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
TAMPA, Fla. -- A new national survey of probable voters conducted for the GOP-affiliated Resurgent Republic has plenty to like if you're a Mitt Romney backer -- pessimism about the economy, dissatisfaction with President Obama's record and support for the Republican message on issues such as taxes and Medicare. And, significantly, the survey from Republican pollster Whit Ayres found what he called a “significant deterioration” in Obama's personal favorable rating, which now nearly equals his sub-50% job approval rating -- traditionally a negative omen for incumbents.
BUSINESS
June 24, 1989
Fixed-Rate Mortgages Average 10.19%: Fixed-rate home mortgages are averaging 10.19%, according to a national survey by the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. That rate was up from 10.04% last week. On one-year adjustable-rate mortgages, lenders were asking an average initial rate of 9%, up from 8.95% the week before, the agency said.
NEWS
July 12, 2012 | By Paul West
With the election still four months away, President Obama holds “a significant lead” over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a new Pew Research Center poll released Thursday. The national survey, completed July 9, showed Obama outpacing Romney by 50 percent to 43 percent. That's a more substantial gap than most recent surveys have registered, but Obama has held at least a small lead in earlier polling by Pew. The independent polling operation said there had been “no clear trend in either candidate's support” since Romney secured the GOP nomination in early spring.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Vacation? Who's got time for a vacation? That seems to be the attitude of many Americans, according to a new national survey that shows 48% of adults passed up on using at least half of their vacation time in 2011. The survey of 1,000 adults by Los Angeles-based Kelton Research for Radisson Hotels & Resorts found that Americans are given an average of 18 vacation days a year. But those Americans who said they passed on using half or more of their vacation time blamed a heavy workload and not wanting to play catch-up after returning to work.
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