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Trend: Image of the Computer Industry

Trend: Image of the Internet industry

Trend: Image of the Computer Industry

Trend: Image of the Internet industry

Next, I am going to read you a list of possible threats to the vital interests of the United States in the next 10 years. For each one, please tell me if you see this as a critical threat, an important but not critical threat, or not an important threat at all.\n\nCyberterrorism, the use of computers to cause disruption or fear in society

How many hours a day, if any, do you typically spend using smartphones and tablet computers? [OPEN-ENDED]?

Next, I’m going to read a list of ways in which Americans sometimes connect electronically with campaigns, elected officials, and other political groups. For each, please tell me if within the last thirty days you have -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

Next, thinking about the advances in mobile technology and communication over the last decade, including cellphones, smartphones, tablet computers, and wireless Internet -- Has mobile technology increased your involvement in election campaigns and other political activities a lot, a little, or not at all?

As far as you are concerned, is the ability for you to use your computer, tablet, or smartphone to work remotely outside of normal business hours and stay in touch with work remotely a positive development or a negative development?

How often do you normally check your work email outside of normal working hours -- frequently, occasionally, rarely, or never?

Now, I'd like you to think about any time you may spend doing your job remotely using a computer or other electronic device, such as a smartphone or tablet. In a typical seven-day week, about how many total hours, if any, do you spend working remotely?

Just thinking about your personal work situation, does your employer generally expect you to check email and stay in touch remotely outside of normal business hours, or not?

Has mobile technology increased your communication with friends and family a lot, a little, or not at all?

Has mobile technology increased the amount of work you do outside out of regular working hours a lot, a little, or not at all?

Has mobile technology increased, decreased, or not affected the amount of shopping you do in person at retail stores?

Trend: Do you, personally, use the Internet at your home, place of work, or school? That could be through a computer, smartphone, tablet, or other device.

Trend: How concerned are you personally about the privacy of personal information you give out on the Internet, as well as privacy regarding what you do on the Internet -- very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned?

How concerned are you personally about each of the following? How about … [ROTATED]? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned?

Trend: How Much Time Do You, Personally, Spend Using the Internet?

Do you think you, personally, spend too much time doing each of the following, or not. How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

Do you, personally, have a smartphone, that is, a cellular telephone with built-in applications and Internet access, such as an iPhone, Android, or Blackberry?

Do you, personally, have your own page on Facebook, the social networking site found on the Internet, or not?

Yes, do

No, do not

No opinion

%

%

%

2011 Jan 28-30

43

56

*

* Less than 0.5%

How concerned are you about each of the following when using Facebook -- very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

BASED ON FACEBOOK USERS

A. Spam e-mail, that is unsolicited messages usually sent to try to sell you something

Very
concerned

Somewhat
concerned

Not too
concerned

Not at all
concerned

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2011 Jan 28-30

26

24

32

19

*

* Less than 0.5%

B. Internet viruses

Very
concerned

Somewhat
concerned

Not too
concerned

Not at all
concerned

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2011 Jan 28-30

35

30

22

13

--

C. Invasion of privacy

Very
concerned

Somewhat
concerned

Not too
concerned

Not at all
concerned

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2011 Jan 28-30

30

35

23

13

*

* Less than 0.5%

In a typical week, do you personally, use the website Google, or not?

Yes, do

No, do not

No opinion

%

%

%

2011 Jan 28-30

60

40

*

* Less than 0.5%

How concerned are you about each of the following when using Google -- very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

BASED ON GOOGLE USERS

A. Spam e-mail, that is unsolicited messages usually sent to try to sell you something

Very
concerned

Somewhat
concerned

Not too
concerned

Not at all
concerned

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2011 Jan 28-30

21

24

32

23

1

B. Internet viruses

Very
concerned

Somewhat
concerned

Not too
concerned

Not at all
concerned

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2011 Jan 28-30

28

26

27

19

*

* Less than 0.5%

C. Invasion of privacy

Very
concerned

Somewhat
concerned

Not too
concerned

Not at all
concerned

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2011 Jan 28-30

25

27

29

19

--

How much time, if at all, do you personally spend using the Internet -- more than an hour a day, up to one hour a day, a few times a week, a few times a month or less, or never?

More
than an
hour

Up to
one
hour

A few
times a
week

A few
times a
month
or less

Never

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

%

2010 Dec 10-12

50

18

11

5

16

*

2008 Dec 4-7

48

17

12

5

18

*

2007 Dec 6-9

43

17

11

7

23

*

2006 Dec 11-14

37

19

13

8

24

*

2005 Dec 5-8

33

18

13

9

27

*

2004 Dec 5-8

32

16

19

8

25

*

2003 Dec 11-14

27

20

15

10

27

1

2002 Dec 5-8

26

16

18

12

28

*

* Less than 0.5%

(Asked of those who use the Internet) How much attention do you pay to ads you see on Internet websites -- a great deal, a fair amount, not much, or none at all?

BASED ON INTERNET USERS

A great
deal

A fair
amount

Not
much

None
at all

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2010 Dec 10-12

2

8

44

46

*

* Less than 0.5%

(Asked of those who use the Internet) When you use the Internet, have you noticed that some advertisements seem to be directed specifically at you, and that those advertisements are related to websites you have previously visited?

BASED ON INTERNET USERS

Yes, have noticed

No, have not

No
opinion

%

%

%

2010 Dec 10-12

61

37

2

(Asked of those who use the Internet) As you may know, website advertisers are currently able to match advertisements to your specific interests. They do this by collecting data that shows what websites you have visited. Do you think advertisers should or should not be allowed to do this?

BASED ON INTERNET USERS

Yes, allowed

No, should not

No opinion

%

%

%

2010 Dec 10-12

30

67

3

(Asked of those who use the Internet) Some people say the methods Internet advertisers use to target ads to specific individuals are justified because they keep costs down so users can visit websites for free. Others believe the methods are not justified because the invasion of privacy involved is not worth it to allow people free access to websites. Which comes closer to your view -- [ROTATED: the methods are justified (or) the methods are not justified]?

BASED ON INTERNET USERS

Yes, justified

No, not justified

No opinion

%

%

%

2010 Dec 10-12

35

61

3

(Asked of those who use the Internet) If you had a choice, which would you prefer -- [ROTATED: to allow all advertising networks to target ads specifically to you, allow only those advertising networks you choose to target ads specifically to you, (or) to not allow any advertising networks to target ads specifically to you]?

BASED ON INTERNET USERS

Allow
all

Allow only
those chosen

Not allow any

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2010 Dec 10-12

14

47

37

3

How often do you, yourself, use the Internet to do the following -- frequently, occasionally, rarely or never? How about for -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

[BASED ON INTERNET USERS]

A. Sending and reading e-mail

Fre-
quently

Occa-
sionally

Rarely

Never

No
opinion

2005 Dec 5-8

67%

20

6

7

--

2003 Dec 11-14

65%

19

9

7

--

B. Using instant messaging

Fre-
quently

Occa-
sionally

Rarely

Never

No
opinion

2005 Dec 5-8

16%

12

14

58

*

2003 Dec 11-14

21%

13

17

48

1

* Less than 0.5%

C. Shopping

Fre-
quently

Occa-
sionally

Rarely

Never

No
opinion

2005 Dec 5-8

18%

34

19

29

*

2003 Dec 11-14

15%

34

20

31

--

* Less than 0.5%

D. Playing games

Fre-
quently

Occa-
sionally

Rarely

Never

No
opinion

2005 Dec 5-8

16%

12

16

56

*

2003 Dec 11-14

16%

15

18

51

--

* Less than 0.5%

E. Checking news and weather

Fre-
quently

Occa-
sionally

Rarely

Never

No
opinion

2005 Dec 5-8

45%

27

11

17

--

2003 Dec 11-14

41%

27

15

17

--

F. Making travel plans

Fre-
quently

Occa-
sionally

Rarely

Never

No
opinion

2005 Dec 5-8

19%

33

19

29

*

2003 Dec 11-14

18%

26

19

37

*

* Less than 0.5%

G. Paying bills online

Fre-
quently

Occa-
sionally

Rarely

Never

No
opinion

2005 Dec 5-8

27%

13

10

50

--

2003 Dec 11-14

20%

9

10

61

--

H. Budgeting personal finances

Fre-
quently

Occa-
sionally

Rarely

Never

No
opinion

2005 Dec 5-8

17%

12

12

58

1

2003 Dec 11-14

16%

10

14

60

--

I. Finding medical advice

Fre-
quently

Occa-
sionally

Rarely

Never

No
opinion

2005 Dec 5-8

10%

31

27

32

--

2003 Dec 11-14

12%

26

25

37

--

J. Watching video Web casts or video clips

Fre-
quently

Occa-
sionally

Rarely

Never

No
opinion

2005 Dec 5-8

8%

14

18

60

--

K. Downloading music

Fre-
quently

Occa-
sionally

Rarely

Never

No
opinion

2005 Dec 5-8

10%

12

12

66

--

L. Reading "blogs" or Web logs

Fre-
quently

Occa-
sionally

Rarely

Never

No
opinion

2005 Dec 5-8

9%

11

13

66

1

M. Buying or selling products in online auctions, such as on E-Bay

Fre-
quently

Occa-
sionally

Rarely

Never

No
opinion

2005 Dec 5-8

7%

16

17

60

*

* Less than 0.5%


As you may know, there are Web sites known as "blogs" or "Web logs," where people sometimes post their thoughts. How familiar are you with "blogs" -- very familiar, somewhat familiar, not too familiar, or not at all familiar?

Very
familiar

Some-
what
familiar

Not too
familiar

Not at all
familiar

No
opinion

2005 Feb 25-27

7%

19

18

56

*

* Less than 0.5%

How often do you, personally, read "blogs" on the Internet -- every day, a few times a week, a few times a month, less often than that, or never?

Every
day

A few
times
a week

A few
times a
month

Less
often
than
that

Never

Do not
have
Internet
access

No
opinion

National adults

2005 Feb 25-27

3%

4

8

13

48

24

*

Internet users

2005 Feb 25-27

4%

5

10

18

63

--

*

And how often do you, personally, read "blogs" that deal with political issues -- every day, a few times a week, a few times a month, less often than that, or never?

Every
day

A few
times
a week

A few
times a
month

Less
often
than
that

Never

Do not
read
blogs

Do not
have
Internet
access

No
opinion

National adults

2005 Feb 25-27

2%

4

6

11

5

48

24

--

Internet users

2005 Feb 25-27

2%

5

8

15

7

63

--

--

"Blog" readers

2005 Feb 25-27

7%

13

20

41

19

--

--

--

How often do you, personally, use a computer at your home, place of work, or school -- frequently, sometimes, occasionally, or never?

Frequently

Sometimes

Occasionally

Never

No
opinion

2003 Apr 22-23

61%

8

10

21

--

Please tell me if you ever go on-line to send or receive e-mail.

[BASED ON 809 ADULTS WHO USE A COMPUTER AT THEIR HOME, WORK, OR SCHOOL]

Yes, do

No, do not

No opinion

2003 Apr 22-23

83%

17

*

* Less than 0.5%

Do you get a lot of "spam" or unwanted e-mail messages, or isn't this a problem for you?

[BASED ON 692 COMPUTER USERS WHO GO ON-LINE TO SEND OR RECEIVE E-MAIL]

Yes, get a lot
of spam

No, isn't a
problem

No
opinion

2003 Apr 22-23

67%

33

*

* Less than 0.5%

In the past year, have you quit an e-mail service or considered quitting an e-mail service because of the amount of spam e-mail you get? [IF YES PROBE]: Did you quit or did you just consider quitting?

[BASED ON 448 E-MAIL USERS WHO GET A LOT OF "SPAM" E-MAIL MESSAGES]

Yes,
quit

Yes,
considered
quitting

No

No
opinion

2003 Apr 22-23

13%

24

63

*

* Less than 0.5%

Have you ever downloaded music from an Internet site that was not authorized by a record company, or not?

[BASED ON 703 INTERNET USERS]

Yes, have
downloaded

No,
have not

No
opinion

2002 May 28-29

18%

81

1

2002 Mar 22-24

17%

82

1

COMBINED RESPONSES

2002 May 28-29

2002 Mar 22-24

%

%

Use the Internet at home, place of work, or school

68

69

(Have downloaded music)

(13)

(12)

(Have not downloaded music)

(55)

(57)

Do not have access to the Internet

32

31

No opinion

*

*

* Less than 0.5%

As you may know, people can listen to songs on the Internet and make copies of them for free. Does the fact that you can do this make you more likely -- or less likely -- to buy a performer's CD, or does it make no difference?

[BASED ON 703 INTERNET USERS]

More likely

Less likely

No difference

No opinion

2002 May 28-29

8%

13

79

*

* Less than 0.5%

As you may know, some CDs are now being manufactured so that you can only make one copy of the CD after you purchase it. Would you buy a CD with this technology, or would you refuse to buy it even if it was one you would normally buy?


Would buy a CD

Would refuse
to buy it

No opinion

2002 May 28-29

64%

24

12

Have you ever downloaded movies from an Internet site that was not authorized by the production company, or not?

[BASED ON 703 INTERNET USERS]

Yes, have
downloaded

No, have not

No opinion

2002 May 28-29

3%

96

1

COMBINED RESPONSES

2002 May 28-29

%

Use the Internet at home, place of work, or school

68

(Have downloaded movies)

(2)

(Have not downloaded movies)

(66)

Do not have access to the Internet

32

No opinion

*

How likely is it that you would download movies from an Internet site if you could do so quickly and easily -- very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?

[BASED ON 703 INTERNET USERS]

Very
likely

Somewhat
likely

Not too
likely

Not at all
likely

No
opinion

2002 May 28-29

21%

18

22

38

1

Thinking about songs people copy from their CDs onto their computers, do you think it should be legal -- or illegal -- to trade these songs with other people on the Internet?

Legal

Illegal

No opinion

2002 Mar 22-24

43%

46

11

Would you favor or oppose record companies making it possible to create just a few copies of a CD?

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2002 Mar 22-24

48%

42

10

Would you favor or oppose a law requiring companies that make CD players to manufacture them in such a way so that consumers could not make copies?

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2002 Mar 22-24

32%

63

5

How closely have you followed "issues relating to privacy of personal information and use patterns on the Internet" -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all closely?

[BASED ON 573 INTERNET USERS; ± 5 PCT. PTS.]

Very
closely

Somewhat
closely

Not too
closely

Not at all
closely

No
opinion

2000 Sep 11-13

16%

36

30

18

0


Would you favor or oppose federal legislation which would force Internet service providers to turn over e-mail records and download logs as court evidence?

[BASED ON 573 INTERNET USERS; ± 5 PCT. PTS.]

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2000 Sep 11-13

45%

51

4

In your opinion, should the Federal government be paying [ROTATED: more attention to matters of Internet privacy (or) less attention to matters of Internet privacy (or) things are about right the way they are]?

[BASED ON 573 INTERNET USERS; ± 5 PCT. PTS.]

More
attention

Less
attention

About
right

Mixed/
Neither
(vol.)

No
opinion

2000 Sep 11-13

53%

13

31

1

2

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Do you think the Federal government should do more or do less to ensure citizen's privacy online -- or is the Federal government doing about the right amount now?

[BASED ON 573 INTERNET USERS; ± 5 PCT. PTS.]

Do more

Do less

Currently
doing right
amount
(vol.)

No
opinion

2000 Sep 11-13

50%

6

41

3

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Which political party do you think will be able to do a better job of dealing with matters of Internet privacy in the coming years -- [ROTATED: the Democratic Party (or) the Republican Party]?

[BASED ON 573 INTERNET USERS; ± 5 PCT. PTS.]

Democratic
Party

Republican
Party

Both/
Neither
(vol.)

No
opinion

2000 Sep 11-13

38%

34

14

14

(vol.) = Volunteered response

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