Poll: Only 18% of Americans trust their TV News

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Public confidence in television news is at an all-time low, according to a survey released today by Gallup.

Only 18 percent of the Americans surveyed expressed either a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in that news medium.

Gallup has been asking the following question annually since 1993: “Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one–a great deal, quite a lot, some or very little?” Continue reading “Poll: Only 18% of Americans trust their TV News”

Thousands protest press credibility in march against mainstream media


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Obesity expands amid federal anti-obesity campaign


Posted By Neil Munro On 4:40 PM 11/01/2013

The national obesity rate has expanded since 2012, even as federal regulators and first lady Michelle Obama exhort the nation to slim down, eat less and exercise.

The adult obesity rate climbed from 26.1 percent in January 2011, up to 27.2 percent in late 2012, according to Gallup’s survey, released on Friday – a 4.2 percent rise in 24 months.

The jump is a surprise, partly because the obesity rate had drifted down from 26.5 percent in January 2009, to 26.1 percent in January 2011, during the recession.

For more than a decade, federal health agencies have tried to reverse the growing obesity rate. In 2000, for example, the agencies announced their goal of reducing obesity to 15 percent by 2010.

The federal takeover of the nation’s health sector via the Obamacare law is also being used by experts to tighten the nation’s girth. Health companies must include anti-fatness measures in the benefit plans they offer to the nation. The value of the mandates is unclear, but they will likely fatten revenues of professionals in the anti-fat business.

Gallup’s survey showed that the obesity rate is lower among populations that are wealthy, white, older and live on the West coast. Rates are higher among populations that are middle-aged, black, latino, poorer and who live in the south.

“The U.S. obesity rate thus far in 2013 is trending upward and will likely surpass all annual obesity levels since 2008,” the Gallup report said.

Gallup also suggested that employers regulate their employees’ weight.

“Employers can also take an active role to help lower obesity rates… The annual cost for lost productivity due to workers being above normal weight or having a history of chronic conditions ranges from $160 million among agricultural workers to $24.2 billion among professionals,” Gallup claimed.

MIchelle Obama has also tried to draft companies in her waistline-reducing agenda.

Kids’ waistlines matter because the costs of treating adults’ obesity “matter for every business in America,” she wrote in February 2013.

“We spend $190 billion a year treating obesity-related health conditions like diabetes and heart disease, and a significant portion of those costs are borne by America’s businesses,” she wrote.

“We need every business in America to dig deeper, get more creative, and find new ways to generate revenue by giving American families better information and healthier choices. We know this can be done in a way that’s good for our kids and good for businesses,” she wrote.

In August, the first lady tried to claim that her “Let’s Move” campaign deserved credit for a drop in the number of obese children.

“Obesity among low-income preschoolers declined, from 2008 through 2011, in 19 of 43 states and territories studied, said a study released in August by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Today’s announcement reaffirms my belief that together, we are making a real difference in helping kids across the country get a healthier start to life,” said an August statement from the first lady.

The results were “evidence of progress,” according to her website, LetsMove.gov.

“Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams,” according to the site.

The government-centered program does allow a role for parents.

“Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies,” the site declares.

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Turkey: poll; 35% of Turks say they are “suffering”


23 August, 13:29


(ANSAmed) – ISTANBUL, AUGUST 23 – More than one in three Turks considers themselves “suffering,” while major factors affecting their happiness levels are likely to be economic rather than political, daily Hurriyet reported citing the results of a recent poll. Gallup conducted research amid the recent anti-government protests staged in the country this year, revealing that 35% of Turks describe themselves as “suffering” and are not satisfied with their lives. Gallup classifies respondents as “thriving,” “struggling,” or “suffering,” according to how they rate their current and future lives on a ladder scale with steps numbered from 0 to 10 based on a scale.

The same survey conducted last year showed only 18% of Turks as “suffering.” Despite the heated political environment in the country at the time of the protests, the research suggested political factors such as the growing frustration over Prime Minister Erdogan’s policies were less likely to be contributing to the rise in suffering than economic factors. The analysts reached this conclusion based on the fact that “suffering” levels among both supporters and opponents of the prime minister had risen considerably. “Among Turks who are confident in the national government, suffering increased to 30% from 12%, while suffering increased to 41% from 25% among government critics,” Gallup said. According to survey results, increasing numbers of Turks, living in large cities as well as small towns and rural areas, are struggling to finance themselves and their households. (ANSAmed).



How McDonald’s workers CAN’T live on their minimum wages: Fast food giant sets up website to help their employees budget better… and it recommends they get a second job

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 19:19 EST, 16  July 2013 |  UPDATED: 23:59 EST, 16 July 2013

McDonald’s seems to be well aware that its  employees are unable to survive on their minimum wages, so the company has come  up with a solution – go out and get a second job.

The fast food giant became the object of  ridicule this week when its financial planning site called Practical Money  Skills for Life created back in 2008 in conjunction with Visa and Wealth  Watchers International to help its workforce caught the attention of several  media outlets.

The portal provides a sample monthly budget,  which makes a series of assumptions that have been slammed by McDonald’s critics  as both naive and condescending about the workers’ ability to supports  themselves while earning $7.72 an hour after taxes.


Crunching numbers: McDonald's has landed in hot water after a financial planning site created for its employees suggested that they need a second job to make ends meet

Crunching numbers: McDonald’s has landed in hot water  after a financial planning site created for its employees suggested that they  need a second job to make ends meet


Suggested monthly expenses for the  hypothetical McDonald’s employee working a 40-hour week include $600 for rent –  a figure that has raised eyebrows among anyone familiar with the housing market  in cities like New York and Philadelphia.

While it is still possible to find housing  with three-digit rent in some parts of the U.S., an average apartment in  Manhattan rents for about $3,000 a month. Even in the outer boroughs it is  nearly impossible to come across anything cheaper than $1,400 a month.

Poking fun: The fast food workers' advocacy group Low Pay Is Not OK created a video mocking McDonald's' sample budget

Poking fun: The fast food workers’ advocacy group Low  Pay Is Not OK created a video mocking McDonald’s’ sample budget

Something's missing: The parody pointed out that the mock-up of a budget makes no mention of basic expenses like food, water, clothing and gas

Something’s missing: The parody pointed out that the  mock-up of a budget makes no mention of basic expenses like food, water,  clothing and gas

The sample budget also sets aside only $20  for health care and $150 for car payments. The financial planning tool, however,  does not include allowances for either food or gas.

Revealed: Less than ONE THIRD of Americans keep a household  budget

It was an oft-invoked image on last year’s  campaign trail: The typical American couple, sitting around the kitchen table  making a budget.

Candidates of both parties decried the  federal government for failing to complete this most basic of financial tasks,  citing a growing national debt and wide deficit as evidence of fiscal  irresponsibility.

Turns out, most Americans don’t do it  either.

A poll from Gallup shows that 32 per cent of  Americans put together a budget each month to track income and expenditures, and  just 30 percent have a long-term financial plan laying out savings and  investment goals.

Those with higher incomes or college degrees  were a bit more likely to say they regularly put together a budget, though less  than half in those groups said they keep close tabs on their financial life.  Only about a quarter with a high school diploma or less say they do.

And despite the frequent political invocation  of a budgeted family, Gallup’s finding may not reflect a new trend in Americans’  financial behavior. A 1951 Gallup survey showed that only 40 per cent of  Americans said they had ‘a budget for household expenses.’

That poll asked those who didn’t maintain a  budget why they skipped it. The most frequent response? We spend it all  anyhow.

McDonald’s charges workers who have been with  the company for at least year $12.58 for its most basic health care plan. New  hires have to shell out $14, according to The Atlantic.

In a surpassing bit of self-awareness,  McDonald’s mock-up budget includes lines for monthly income from a first job  totaling $1,105, and a second job, which brings in $955.

Those figures suggest that the hypothetical  worker has to toil away for more 60 hours a week at minimum wage, or earn more  than $12 an hour on a 40-hour work week.

In 2009, the federal government set minimum  wage at $7.25, CNBC reported.

In comparison, McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson  received a compensation package worth $13.8million in 2012.

Others entries in the fictional  McDonald’s-Visa financial plan include $100 allotted for cable and phone, $90  for electric – just below the national average of $103 – but no money set aside  for heating, which would not work for employees living anywhere outside of  Hawaii or Florida.

Since the budget includes no separate line  for groceries, it may be assumed that either the workers have to rely on  leftover French fries for their meals, or they have to use the $27 a day in  spending money to buy food.

The sample financial plan also makes no  mention of basic necessities like child care expenses, water or clothing, to  name a few.

In recent months, industry workers have gone  on strike in cities across the U.S., including Chicago and New York, to protest  for higher wages.

In recent months, industry employees from  McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, KFC, Burger King and Domino’s Pizza have gone on  strike to demand higher wages, according to a report by the International Business Times.

McDonald’s seemingly misguided and  financial  planning site has been pilloried far and wide on the Internet by  everyone from  Think Progress to Huffington Post and  Gothamist,  with  critics decrying the corporation’s preposterous assumptions about the  way  its low-wage workers spend their meager pay checks.

Some media outlets, among them the L.A. Times  and the Washington Post,  have come to McDonald’s defense, insisting the the sample budget accurately  reflect the spending of millions of low-income Americans.

Struggling: Employees from McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, KFC, Burger King and Domino's Pizza have gone on strike to demand higher wages

Struggling: Employees from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco  Bell, KFC, Burger King and Domino’s Pizza have gone on strike to demand higher  wages

Hard day's work: According to the sample budget, a minimum-wage fast food worker would need to get a second job and work over 60 hours a week to survive

Hard day’s work: According to the sample budget, a  minimum-wage fast food worker would need to get a second job and work over 60  hours a week to survive

A disclaimer on the Practical Money Skills  site states that McDonald’s does not endorse the site, even though the page  features the fast food chain’s trademark Golden Arches.

The fast food workers’ advocacy group Low Pay  is Not OK has called the McDonald’s budget advice for its employees  ‘unbelievable’ and produced a video mocking the site.

‘The samples that are on this site are  generic examples and are intended to help provide a general outline of what an  individual budget may look like,’ McDonald’s said in a statement to the LA  Times.

Haves and have nots: McDonald's CEO Don Thompson received a compensation package worth $13.8million in 2012

Haves and have nots: McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson  received a compensation package worth $13.8million in 2012

While McDonald’s initiative may have  come off as obtuse, promoting financial literacy among American workers has long  been viewed as a worthy cause.

A recent Gallup poll showed that just over a  third of Americans bother to put together a budget each month to track income  and expenditures.

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