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December 16, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
Improving economic data haven't put many Americans in the yuletide spirit, with nearly four in 10 saying they will spend less this holiday season than they did last year, according to survey results released Monday. Just 14% of consumers in the Bankrate.com survey said they planned to increase their holiday spending. Nearly half -- 47% -- said they planned to spend the same amount. But 38% of the respondents in the Dec. 5-8 survey said they would spend less this year on gifts and other purchases.
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BUSINESS
September 15, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Further evidence has emerged that Hollywood has made little progress in hiring women and minorities to work on prime-time television shows. A survey conducted by the Directors Guild of America of more than 2,600 television episodes from 170 scripted TV series for the 2010-11 season found that white males directed 77% of all episodes, and white females directed 11% of all episodes. Minority males directed 11% all episodes and minority females directed just 1% of the shows, according to the DGA survey.
NEWS
February 7, 2012 | By James Rainey
Cable television has become the top source of news about the presidential campaign, while fewer Americans turn to their local TV stations and the networks, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. While public attention to cable news has remained steady over the last four presidential cycles, the attention to other television outlets and to newspapers for election information has declined. Perhaps most surprisingly, the Pew survey found that the percentage of those saying they use the Internet to access campaign news has stayed about the same as it was four years ago. The percentage of the audience who say they regularly get information on the 2012 race was 36% from cable news, 32% from local TV, 26% from network TV, 25% from the Internet and 20% from newspapers.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
This year's college freshmen report feeling higher levels of emotional and financial stress than their predecessors did, according to a national survey conducted by UCLA researchers. The annual "American Freshman" report, released Thursday, showed that only about half of current first-year students, 51.9%, rated their emotional health above average or higher, down from 55.3% last year and the lowest since the question was first asked 25 years ago. Just 45.9% of women in the class described themselves as emotionally strong, compared with 59.1% of the men. In addition, nearly two-thirds of this year's freshmen, 62.1%, said the recession had affected their choice of college, and 73.4%, up from 70% last year, are depending on grants and scholarships to help them through.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A survey released this week found that there were more teens and young adults who said they use Tumblr on a regular basis than those who said they use Facebook. Fifty-nine percent of respondents between the ages of 13 and 25 said they use Tumblr regularly; 54% said they use Facebook on a regular basis. Among those 13 to 18, the percentage who said they use Tumblr regularly was even higher -- 61% compared with 55% who said they use Facebook regularly. The survey was conducted by Y Combinator start-up Survata.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
It's getting ever harder to find free checking at the nation's banks, with barely three in 10 accounts coming with no monthly service fees, according to a new survey. Only 30.3% of checking accounts surveyed had no monthly charges as of June 30, down from 36.6% at the end of 2012, according to MoneyRates.com. That's the lowest rate of free checking since the website started its twice-annual report in 2009. Not surprisingly, online-only banks offer free checking far more readily than bricks-and-mortar institutions.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- Nearly half of Wall Streeters expect bigger annual bonuses this year, an industry study has found. Forty-eight percent of the 911 financial-services employees surveyed by EFinancialCareers believe their payouts will be higher than last year, the survey found. That's an increase from last year, when the survey found 41% believing their bonuses would jump. “The mood is better, some people will be happier, but we still have another quarter to go,” Constance Melrose, a managing director for EFinancialCareers, told Bloomberg News.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Americans think destination weddings are less stressful to plan and more fun than traditional ceremonies and that beaches are the ideal spots for boosting the romance factor. Those are the findings of a survey released this week along with the announcement of a new Expedia online wedding-planning service featuring Hawaii , Mexico (Cancun, Riviera Maya and Los Cabos), Jamaica or the Dominican Republic. Expedia and marketing firm Northstar surveyed 1,000 single or engaged people in what they're calling the American Altar Report.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2013 | By Shan Li
Perhaps proving the old adage that money cannot buy happiness, two-thirds of bankers say they were unsatisfied with their pay last year. Nearly 70% of finance professionals from New York, London and Singapore reported they were "unhappy" with their salary and bonus packages in 2012 and should have been more amply compensated, according to financial headhunting firm Selby Jennings. When asked to take into account recovering economies around the world, nearly 50% concluded that their pay was still unfair.
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