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Wondering What Most Use the Internet for? Well, It’s Not That Exciting — Survey of the Day

Why did the average American go online? For no particular reason (Ba-dum-bum).

Although this may not become the newest joke anytime soon, it’s actually a true statement. According to a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 53 percent of 18- to 29-year-old Americans go online just for fun or to waste time. With 2,260 participating adults, it turns out that 58 percent of all adults go online for the same reason.

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32 Percent Have More to Be Thankful for This Year — Survey of the Day

Sometimes it gets lost in all the traveling and stuffing and football, but the point of Thanksgiving is to acknowledge the things you’re thankful for from the past year. According to a new poll from Harris Interactive of 2,463 adults, only 32 percent will have more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving than they have in the previous few Thanksgivings.

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76 Percent of Americans Don’t Miss The NBA — Survey of the Day

At least one month of the NBA season has been canceled, while the players and owners remain deadlocked in their labor negotiations.

Unfortunately for both sides, no one seems to care that the NBA season hasn’t gotten underway.

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64 Percent Agree With Herman Cain About Media Being ‘Dishonest’ — Survey of the Day

Embattled presidential candidate Herman Cain recently stated, “There are too many people in the media who are downright dishonest,” and Mediabistro had to see if people agreed.

The site’s survey asked 1,179 registered voters if they sided with Cain’s view on the media, and 64 percent of respondents did.

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Americans Have Fewer Close Friends Compared to 25 Years Ago

While social media sites may have increased Americans’ overall number of acquaintances, new research slated for publication in a journal called ‘Social Networks’ shows the number of people we claim as close friends is now lower than it was 25 years ago.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Is the ‘All-American Sandwich’ — Survey of the Day

The peanut butter and jelly sandwich, that staple of childhood, is what most comes to mind when American adults think about the “All-American sandwich.”

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Most Americans Think Crime Is Getting Worse — Survey of the Day

According to a new Gallup poll, 68 percent of Americans believe there is more crime than a year ago.

17 percent of the survey’s respondents reported there is less crime, and 8 percent believe the crime rate is unchanged. This marked the seventh year in a row that at least 67 percent of Americans answered crime is getting worse.

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Survey of the Day — Most Workers Are ‘Not Engaged’ in Their Job

71 percent of American workers are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” in their work.

According to Gallup’s employee engagement index, which is based on workers’ responses to 12 workplace elements, 19 percent of the employed are actively disengaged in their work, 52 percent are not engaged, and only 29 percent feel engaged in their jobs.

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Forty-Seven Percent of Americans Own Guns — Survey of the Day

Gun ownership is at an 18-year high, according to a new Gallup poll.

Forty-seven percent of Americans report having a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property, up from 41 percent last year and the most since 1993 when 54 percent reported gun ownership.

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Dallas Cowboys Are America’s Favorite Football Team — Survey of the Day

For the fifth year in row, the Dallas Cowboys really are America’s team.

Dallas was the top answer to a Harris poll of 2,462 American adults asking who their favorite football team is.

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Half of Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana — Survey of the Day

According to a new Gallup poll, 50 percent of American adults favor legalizing marijuana, the highest percentage in Gallup’s 42-year history of asking that question. Forty-six percent of Americans believe marijuana should remain illegal.

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Eight Percent of Parents Regret Their Child’s Name — Survey of the Day

Naming a child is usually the first big decision a new parent makes, and one that almost one and ten would like to do be able to do again.

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