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Stock Market

Trend: Which of the following do you think is the best long-term investment -- bonds, real estate, savings accounts or CDs, stocks or mutual funds, or gold?

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Trend: Do you, personally, or jointly with a spouse, have any money invested in the stock market right now -- either in an individual stock, a stock mutual fund, or in a self-directed 401(k) or IRA?

Trend: If you had a thousand dollars to spend, do you think investing it in the stock market would be a good or bad idea?

Trend: Thinking ahead to a year from now, do you think the stock market will be [ROTATED: much higher, somewhat higher, about the same, somewhat lower, (or) much lower] than it is today?


In the past year, have you taken any money out of the stock market and put it elsewhere, or not?

(Asked of those who have taken money out of the stock market) Have you taken all of your money out of the stock market, or only some of it?

2008 Dec 12-14

National
adults

Own stock/
Owned in
past year

%

%

Yes, taken money out

14

23

Taken all money out

(5)

(8)

Taken some money out

(9)

(15)

No, not taken money out

48

76

Have not owned stock

37

--

No opinion

1

1

(Asked of those who have owned stock in the past year) In the past year, would you say you have -- [ROTATED: lost a lot of money in the stock market, lost a little money, (or) not lost any money in the stock market]?

[ASKED OF THOSE WHO HAVE OWNED STOCK IN THE PAST YEAR]

Lost a lot

Lost a little

Not lost any

No opinion

2008 Dec 12-14

48%

39

12

1

(Asked of stock owners) As a result of the problems on Wall Street in recent weeks, have you taken money out of the stock market, seriously considered doing so, or not seriously considered doing so?

Taken
money out

Seriously
considered

Not seriously
considered

No
opinion

2008 Sep 26-27

8%

20

70

1

In considering the financial difficulties of Wall Street institutions, do you feel that it is a bad situation, but the worst is behind us, or do you think the problem may get worse in the future?

Worst
behind us

Problem may
get worse

No
opinion

%

%

%

2008 Sep 26-27

23

73

4

Thinking now about foreign stocks and mutual funds, which invest in companies that are based in foreign countries, when Americans invest in foreign stocks, do you think that is -- [ROTATED: good for the U.S. economy, does not have much of an effect either way, or is bad for the U.S. economy]?

Good for
the economy

Not have
an effect

Bad for the
economy

No
opinion

2007 Mar 2-4

32%

24

32

12

(Asked of stock owners) How much thought have you, personally, given to investing in foreign stocks -- a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or none at all?

Great
deal

Moderate
amount

Not
much

None
at all

No
opinion

2007 Mar 2-4

9%

22

33

36

1

(Asked of stock owners) Looking ahead, do you think you are more likely to -- [increase, make no changes, or decrease] -- the amount you invest in -- [ITEMS ROTATED]?

A. Foreign stocks

Increase

Make no
changes

Decrease

No
opinion

2007 Mar 2-4

12%

72

12

5

B. Domestic stocks

Increase

Make no
changes

Decrease

No
opinion

2007 Mar 2-4

44%

49

6

2

(Asked of stock owners) Do you, personally, have any money invested in foreign stocks right now, or not?

Yes

No

No opinion

2007 Mar 2-4

36%

57

7

Thinking about how your stocks have performed over the past year, would you say your investments made money, lost money or stayed about even over the past year?

[ASKED OF STOCK OWNERS]

Made
money

Lost
money

Stayed
even

No
opinion

2006 Apr 10-13

54%

8

36

2

2002 Jul 5-8

13%

52

34

1

How much attention do you pay to your investments -- a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or none at all?

[BASED ON STOCK OWNERS]

A great
deal

Moderate
amount

Not
much

None
at all

No
opinion

2005 Mar 18-20

27%

52

17

4

*

* Less than 0.5%

Who makes most of the decisions regarding your investments -- [RANDOM ORDER: you or your spouse, your employer, (or) a financial advisor]?

[BASED ON STOCK OWNERS]

You/
Spouse

Employer

Financial
advisor

Other
(vol.)

No
opinion

2005 Mar 18-20

70%

7

22

1

*

(vol.) = Volunteered response

* Less than 0.5%

Are you comfortable -- or uncomfortable -- with the idea of managing your own investments?

Comfortable

Uncomfortable

No opinion

2005 Mar 18-20

74%

23

3

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