Quick Study: Public Dismisses Government, Looks to Corporations For Help; People Prefer Prolonged Polka to Losing Social Media


â–¶ Americans Show Little Trust in Government, More Trust in Corporations: The 2012 Public Affairs Pulse Survey, released by the Public Affairs Council, finds that 41% of Americans say have “some” or “a lot” of trust that the government can solve the nation’s most important problems. Conversely, 72% say business should provide community services such as food banks and job training; 68% say business should help improve health care; and 66% say business should help improve education. Other findings include: • Younger Americans are supportive of corporate America: Contrary to the portrayal of younger people as anti-business, positive attitudes toward corporations are fairly consistent across age groups. In fact, 71% of the Generation X group (age 36-47) hold favorable views of major companies, and 68% of Millennials (age 18-35) hold favorable views. • People are concerned about the impact of too much government regulation: When asked whether corporate influence or government regulation is a bigger threat to the well-being of America’s middle class, 52% believe federal regulation of business is a greater threat, and only 40% are more worried about corporate power. Source: Public Affairs Council â–¶ Social Media Users’ Greatest Fear: According to the “State of Social Media” study, released in August 2012 by Harris Interactiv e and  MyLife, 62% of adults who are currently a member of more than one social networking site, say they keep an eye on their social networks because they don’t want to miss news or a status update. Other study highlights include: • 38% of social media users age 18-34 who have multiple profiles log onto their social networking profiles after they wake up before they check e-mail. • Social media users would prefer to undergo an arduous task than be forced to delete their social media accounts. Nearly 40% of respondents would rather wait in line at the DMV; read War and Peac e; run a marathon; or sit in traffic for four hours while listening to polka music, among other tasks. Source: Harris Interactive/MyLife

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