Washington DC area workplace poll, Sept. 10-16, 2012

Poll Questions

Q: Generally, how would you say things are these days in your life--would you say that you are very happy, pretty happy, or not too happy?

Q: Would you describe the state of the nation’s economy these days as ...?

Q: Would you describe the Washington area economy these days as ...?

Q: Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as ...?

Q: Considering the cost of things today and your own personal finances, would you say now is an excellent time, a good time, not so good a time, or a poor time to buy the things you want and need?

Q: Do you think the Washington area economy is getting better, getting worse or staying the same?

Q: What best describes your employment situation today?

Q: Which of these best describes the type of work you do: Professional or manager, a white collar worker, a blue collar worker, or something else? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: Do you work in the private sector or for the government? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: Here are some goals that people value in their lives. Please tell me how important each is to you personally: Being successful in a high-paying career or profession (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: Please tell me how important each is to you personally: Having a job or career that benefits society (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: Please tell me how important each is to you personally: Being respected for what you do (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: Please tell me how important each is to you personally: Having time to spend with family and friends (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: How much would you say you agree with the statement that “what an individual does for a living says a lot about the person?” Strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, strongly disagree? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: What do you think is more important for getting ahead in life (who you know) or (what you know)? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: How about where you work, what’s more important (who you know) or (what you know)? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: Everybody experiences stress at times. How often does WORK RELATED PRESSURE contribute to stress in your life? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: How often does JUGGLING COMMITMENTS BETWEEN WORK AND FAMILY contribute to stress in your life? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: How often does NOT HAVING ENOUGH MONEY contribute to stress in your life? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with: Your job (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with: The company you work for (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with: Your co-workers (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: Thinking about your total compensation -- including salary and benefits -- do you think you are fairly compensated for what you do, or not? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: In an average week, how many hours do you work for pay? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: Thinking about work in general, how important would you say each of the following is to you using a scale from 0 to 10 where 0 is not at all important and 10 is extremely important -- First, how important is: job security?

Q: How important is: the amount you are paid? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: How important is: your boss or immediate supervisor? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: How important is: the recognition you receive at work for your work accomplishments? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: How important is: your chances for promotion? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: How important is: the flexibility of your hours? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: How important is: health insurance and other benefits? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: How important is: doing meaningful work? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: Would you describe the work you do as REWARDING, or not? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: Would you describe the work you do as FASCINATING, or not? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: Would you describe the work you do as BORING, or not? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: Would you describe the work you do as CHANGING TOO FAST, or not? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: Thinking about how things are changing technologically at your work, including the use of computers and mobile devices, would you say things are changing? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: In general, do you think new technologies have had a good or bad effect on: the quality of your work (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: In general, do you think new technologies have had a good or bad effect on: your productivity (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: In general, do you think new technologies have had a good or bad effect on: your concentration (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: In general, do you think new technologies have had a good or bad effect on: your satisfaction with your job (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: In general, do you think new technologies have had a good or bad effect on: your job security (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: Does your employer provide you with the training you need to keep up with changing technology? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: In your current career, how difficult or easy would you say it is to balance the demands of work and home? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: How often do you talk about work when you are not working? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: Have you ever telecommuted, that is, worked from your home using a computer to communicate for your job? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: (AMONG TELECOMMUTERS) In general, do you think people who telecommute are more, less, or just as productive as those who work in a business office? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: (AMONG TELECOMMUTERS) How about you, when you work from home are you generally more productive, less productive, or just as productive as when you work in the office? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: Thinking about email related to your work, how often do you check work-related email when you are not at work – such as in the evening and on the weekends? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: In your current job, are you expected to check e-mail or take work-related calls outside of regular business hours (at night or on the weekends)? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: To what extent, if at all, do each of the following statements describe how you feel about working outside regular business hours? I feel chained to work (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: To what extent, if at all, do each of the following statements describe how you feel about working outside regular business hours? I never really stop working (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: To what extent, if at all, do each of the following statements describe how you feel about working outside regular business hours? I like knowing what’s happening (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: To what extent, if at all, do each of the following statements describe how you feel about working outside regular business hours? I am able to respond efficiently to work demands (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: How closely would you say your current job matches your broader or longer-term career goals -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely or not closely at all? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: Overall, do you feel that your work plays too big a role in your life, too little or about the right amount? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: How about for most people in the D.C. area -- do you think work plays too big a role in their lives, too little or about the right amount? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: How many minutes does it usually take you to commute from home to work? (AMONG EMPLOYED)

Q: In general, would you describe yourself as an avid sports fan, a regular fan, a casual fan or not a fan at all?

Q: (AMONG SPORTS FANS) Overall would you say you have a strongly favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or strongly unfavorable impression of the Nationals, or do you not know enough about this team to say?

Q: (AMONG SPORTS FANS) Overall would you say you have a strongly favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or strongly unfavorable impression of the Redskins, or do you not know enough about this team to say?

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