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You don't need to wear a tinfoil hat to believe your internet privacy is being invaded.
The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index surged 4.4 points to 58.6 in early May, reaching the highest level since February 2004. Approval of federal economic policies under President Trump hit a 16-year high as the unemployment rate fell to the lowest level since 1969 and the Dow Jones neared a record. Readings above 50 reflect optimism.
LOS ANGELES -- May 7, 2019 -- The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index, a leading national poll on consumer confidence, rose 8.1 percent in May to reach its highest level since February 2004. The 58.6 reading also ensured that the index continues its record run, remaining in positive territory for 32 consecutive months. An index reading below 50 for the IBD/TIPP indexes indicates pessimism while above 50 signals optimism.
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As President Donald Trump weighs a momentous escalation of the China trade war, the American public is closely divided over his handling of the conflict. The IBD/TIPP Poll found that 40% rate Trump's handling of the China trade issue as excellent or good, while 39% judge it to be poor or unacceptable.
When Facebook’s smart display was released last year, it received mixed-to-positive reviews. However, a substantial number of them also digressed into the privacy and personal data controversies that have recently surrounded Facebook. A review from The Verge offers a representative example:
It’s not often that a new gadget gets announced and I don’t immediately want to get my hands on it. I am an extreme early adopter, both by profession and by inclination. But when Facebook’s new Portal and Portal Plus were announced a month ago, my response was a firm “no thanks.” And I’m not alone: after a year of data privacy scandals, many people’s first reaction to the Portal, a smart display device that has an always-listening microphone and always-watching camera, landed somewhere between hesitation and revulsion.
Most Americans are concerned about the privacy of their conversations and personal data when using smart speakers such as Amazon.com's (AMZN) Alexa gadgets, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll published by Investor's Business Daily. But those concerns don't appear to be impacting sales of the voice-assistant devices.
A slim majority of Americans following the Boeing (BA) 737 Max news would avoid traveling on the plane according to an IBD/TIPP poll.
More than one in 10 Facebook users say they have quit the social network due to concerns over privacy and protection of their data, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll published by Investor's Business Daily.
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Investor’s Business Daily (IBD), a leading financial news and research organization, today announced the results of its seventh annual investor survey of the Best Online Brokers. Notably, Charles Schwab and Fidelity maintained top ratings for the sixth consecutive year, with Charles Schwab edging just ahead of Fidelity in Overall Customer Experience after Fidelity’s four-year reign at the top. Interactive Brokers also ranked as one of the Best Online Brokers overall.
The Newsweek Automotive Consumer Awards recognizes America’s favorite vehicle brands. The study, a collaboration between Newsweek and TechnoMetrica, aimed to uncover the automotive brands that consumers most desire to acquire (aspiration), as well as those they are currently driving most often (use).
Investor’s Business Daily with a poll — and, by the way, I need to repeatedly remind you that the IBD poll remains one of the most accurate polls in recent years in predicting the outcome of various elections, including presidential. What they have determined in this latest poll is: “Public Turned Off by Media’s Relentlessly Negative Coverage of Trump — 55% of the public says they’ve grown ‘weary from the media’s persistently negative coverage of President Trump.’
If you're keeping score at home, the tally is Raghavan Mayur 2, Karl Rove zero.
A lot of people are walking into Raghavan Mayur’s office in Ramsey these days to ask how he conducts polls.
In the cornucopia of pro-Clinton polling that preceded the 2016 presidential election, two polls stood out as outliers: the USC/LA Times tracking poll and the Investor's Business Daily/TIPP tracking poll.
All night long, we heard the news networks talk about how "all" the polls and pundits were wrong. They were saying that Clinton is underperforming expectations, and voters were coming out for Trump in numbers no one had expected.
With the 2016 election nearly upon us, the political world is once again awash with presidential polls. Many of them show very different things, with some showing Hillary Clinton ahead and others Donald Trump. They can't all be right. How can you tell which polls to trust?
Long before blogger Nate Silver shot to fame for his 2012 election predictions, there was Raghavan Mayur.
The venerated Gallup Poll took a beating this year for being such an outlier in its predictions of who would win the presidency, and the New York Times's Nate Silver has now served up further evidence that the firm has lost its mojo. Silver analyzed the results obtained by about two dozen top polling firms that ran multiple surveys in the last three weeks of the campaign and then ranked the pollsters based on their accuracy: Gallup came in dead last, with an average error of 7.2 points compared to the actual results.