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BUSINESS
February 19, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
‏ Builder confidence ticked down slightly in February, according to a survey, essentially leveling out at a level slightly below "good. " Builder confidence in how the market for newly constructed single-family homes will fare remained pretty much the same as last month, declining a point to 46, according to the National Assn. of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. "This is partly due to ongoing uncertainties about job growth and consumer access to mortgage credit," Rick Judson, a home builder and NAHB chairman, said in a statement.
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BUSINESS
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.
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.
NATIONAL
June 25, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Think teens and twenty-somethings who are used to looking up everything on smartphones have little use for the public library? Think again. People in their 20s and older teens are just as likely as older Americans to have visited a public library in the last year -- and about as likely to have taken out books or browsed the shelves once they got there, a new study from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project finds....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1989
Did someone slip up? As I read through this morning's (Dec.13) Times, I became aware that no poll or survey results cluttered its pages. Sometimes I think if I see one more Times Poll, I will scream. You people take a poll about everything! How about polling people on their feelings about public opinion polls? 1. Do you believe polls are accurate? 2. Do you believe the wording of a question can influence the response so that a pollster can obtain any results desired? 3. Are you tired of The Times--and other media--polls?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Two Canadian cities, Vancouver and Montreal , have the world's best public library systems, according to a new survey by German researchers . Library mavens at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf studied libraries in 31 major world cities, from London and Los Angeles, and from Shanghai to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Los Angeles finished in the middle of the pack in the ranking (16th), which took into account the wide array of services that libraries provide to their readers, including availability of printed books and digital information.
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.
NEWS
June 20, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- More than half of Americans consider the effects on the environment of products and services they buy, according to a new national survey. “Consumer behavior has become an important way Americans express their values and concerns, leading to new products and services, creating and destroying markets, and influencing the policies and actions of companies large and small,” according to the report, Americans' Actions to Limit Global Warming April 2013 , by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center on Climate Change Communication.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Online lender Quicken Loans sits atop J.D. Power & Associates' survey of mortgage customer satisfaction for a fourth straight year. Quicken rated 841 overall out of a possible 1,000, according to J.D. Power, a Westlake Village market researcher. The Detroit-based lender received top ratings in all categories: the application and approval process, interactions with loan representatives, the closing experience, and level and quality of contact. BB&T Corp. of Winston-Salem, N.C., ranked second at 798 with high scores in all categories.
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