Entries in Harris Poll (2)


Raise Your Glass...It’s Bartender Appreciation Day 

Steve Mason/Photodisc(NEW YORK) -- There’s Teacher Appreciation Day, Secretary Appreciation Day and even Squirrel Appreciation Day, but finally a company has recognized the value of a vital member of our society and proclaimed Friday, Dec. 9, the first-ever Bartender Appreciation Day.

The makers of Sailor Jerry Rum were so eager to recognize the efforts of bartenders everywhere, it commissioned a Harris Interactive survey to see how we tip those behind the bar.

  • A vast majority of Americans -- 76 percent to be exact -- think a bartender is more important than the décor of a bar.
  • Seventy-four percent of respondents who visit bars tip a bartender more than 15 percent.  And 74 percent also believe that the better they tip, the better service they will receive.
  • Respondents in the South are the most generous tippers, with 57 percent of those who visit a bar tipping a bartender 20 percent or more.
  • Sixty-three percent of female respondents who visit a bar find people who leave good tips for bartenders more appealing, while 60 percent of men find the same.
  • Forty-four percent of respondents who visit bars agree that they would never go out on another date with a person if they did not tip the bartender.  Broken down by gender, women lead the pack, with 51 percent saying they would not go on another date, with only 37 percent of men feeling the same way.
  • Men who visit bars are more likely than women to leave large tips of more than 20 percent.
  • Of all respondents who visit bars, people between the ages of 21-34 tip the highest with 61 percent tipping 16 percent or more, compared to only 47 percent of respondents over 45 years of age.

The Harris Interactive survey involved 2,078 adults.

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Poll: 42 Percent of Americans Feel Less Secure Financially Than One Year Ago

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Recent results from a Harris Poll say that 30 percent of Americans give President Obama a positive rating on the progress he is making on the economy, while 70 percent give the president a negative rating.

The poll, which surveyed 2,331 adults online in early to mid-December, found that 42 percent feel less secure financially than last year, while 36 percent feel just as secure and 19 percent feel more secure.  While 2010 has been a troubling year economically, the poll reveals an improvement in the perceived financial security of Americans.  At the conclusion of last year, over half of Americans admitted they felt less secure about their financial status than compared to the previous year.

Looking to the future, the poll found that some Americans (29 percent) believe the economy will improve while one-quarter think it will not.

But the numbers are much higher for Americans planning to cut back in 2011.  Forty-nine percent say they will cut back on household spending in the next year, 40 percent want to save more and 41 percent plan to pay down their debt.

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