Americans Assess the National Economy and their Personal Finances

Since hitting the lowest point in mid-2009, ratings of the national and local economies have seen fitful improvement. Americans (32% very good/somewhat good) are in the lower to middle of the pack in assessing the current economic situation in their country among the 24 countries studied. This measure has improved over the last couple months.

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Culture at Work: British Council, Booz Allen Hamilton and Ipsos Public Affairs launch study in Washington DC

On Thursday Ipsos Public Affairs launched the “Culture at Work: Communicating in the Global Workplace” study in Washington, DC, to an audience of policymakers and experts. The study of 367 large employers in nine countries was conducted in partnership with the British Council and Booz Allen Hamilton. The DC launch emphasized the data from Unites…

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Canadians’ Perceptions of the National Economy

On the heels of the 2013 Federal Budget, we turn our spotlight on the economy and despite some criticism that Finance Minister Flaherty’s economic growth projections are too rosy it appears that most Canadian concur with the Minister.

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Voice of the Northwest – A Local Survey Community

This week we issued the first release of the findings from a survey conducted with the VoiceNW research community. So what is VoiceNW and why the big deal, you may ask? VoiceNW (Voice of the Northwest) is a research solution that allows Ipsos to get inside the minds of Puget Sound citizens and consumers to…

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Preparing Students for the Modern Workplace

According to a study released last week by The Chronicle, US employers are finding that job candidates are lacking basic workplace proficiencies, like adaptability, communication skills, and the ability to solve complex problems. This resonates strongly with a study published last week by Ipsos Public Affairs, the British Council, and Booz Allen Hamilton – “Culture at…

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Culture at Work: The Value of Intercultural Skills in the Workplace

Global economic realities are driving constant change in the workplace, leading to significant shifts in employers’ needs and expectations. In addition to traditional qualifications, employers are now seeking candidates who have the skills to transcend national and cultural borders and interact effectively with individuals and organizations from countries and cultures that are not their own.…

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Teetering on the edge: The 2013 Kenyan Presidential election

Today, Keynans will vote for a new president.  The whole world is watching as well.  Why?  The last Kenyan presidential election in 2007 lead to widespread violence as supporters of Raila Odinga accused Mwai Kibaki and his supporters of stealing the election. Given that politics in Kenya is often strongly linked to tribal affiliation, much of the violence was directed by members of one tribe toward those of another. At its core, much of the violence found its origins in many long-standing economic grievances. Against this backdrop, the international community has kept a close eye on this election.

One constitutional change resulting from the violence in 2007 was that if no one candidate gets a majority of the votes, there will automatically be a second round run-off election between the top two vote getters within 30 days of the first round election-day.

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Are Americans Saving Enough for College? Ipsos Public Affairs/Sallie Mae How America Saves for College Report 2013

how-america-saves-for-college-2013 In 2011, America sent nearly 22 million people to college. With tuition prices on the rise many American families are getting a head start on saving for college. Are they doing enough though? In a report published today by Sallie Mae and conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, we illustrate the current trends in how American families are preparing for their financial investment in higher education.

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From “Bowling Alone” to Bowling Online: The Link between Social Media and Social Capital

In 2000, Robert Putnam wrote Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community in which he chronicled the decline of “social capital” in the United States. Putnam described the decline in the in-person social intercourse that Americans had used to found, educate and enrich the fabric of their social lives. Putnam also discussed the ways in which Americans have disengaged from political involvement including decreased voter turnout, lower public meeting attendance, fewer serving on committees and working with political parties. At the time, these same trends were being noted in Canada and other Western countries.

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