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Economics

I hope this doesn't depress anyone, but I just finished listening to a series of lectures from the Teaching Company (see link) and they made me curious about some stuff.

http://www.teach12.com/ttcx/coursedesclong2.aspx?cid=5610&pc=SaleBusiness%20and%20Economics



Poll #1251377 Economics

How would you rate the economic climate where you live?

Very good
3(7.0%)
Good
9(20.9%)
Neither good nor bad
14(32.6%)
Bad
10(23.3%)
Very bad
4(9.3%)
I'm really not sure
3(7.0%)

Try and remember what things were like for you four years ago (2004). As best as you can remember, would you say that, economically, you are better off or worse off than you were in 2004?

A lot better off
6(14.3%)
A little better off
11(26.2%)
About the same
6(14.3%)
A little worse off
9(21.4%)
A lot worse off
8(19.0%)
I'm not sure
2(4.8%)

Have rising gas prices affected you?

Yes, a lot
10(23.3%)
Yes, a little
19(44.2%)
No, not noticeably
8(18.6%)
No not at all
6(14.0%)
I'm not sure
0(0.0%)

Leaving aside how they have affected you personally, do you think rising gas prices, for the most part, are a good thing or a bad thing?

A good thing
4(9.3%)
A bad thing
15(34.9%)
A bit of both, but more good than bad
2(4.7%)
A bit of both, but more bad than good
18(41.9%)
I'm not sure
4(9.3%)

Which of the following statements do you agree with?

High gas prices means that people will use less gas, which is good for the environment
0(0.0%)
High gas prices mean that people use less gas and the oil companies actually earn less profit
0(0.0%)
High gas prices really hurt the working poor
0(0.0%)
I am driving less now that gas prices have risen so sharply
0(0.0%)
I am travelling less, including air travel, because of the sharp rise in gas prices
0(0.0%)
I am using public transportation or walking more because of the sharp rise in gas prices
0(0.0%)
The sharp rise in gas prices has had little or no effect on me personally
0(0.0%)
The sharp rise in gas prices will force us to pursue alternative forms of energy like hybrid vehicles, electric cars or alterate fuel sources
0(0.0%)
I favour more oil drilling to lessen the dependency on oil from mid-east nations.
0(0.0%)
The rise is oil prices will accelerate global warming.
0(0.0%)
The rise in oil prices will decelerate global warming
0(0.0%)
The rise in oil prices will have little or no impact on global warming.
0(0.0%)

Is Wal-Mart good for the economy?

Yes
3(7.0%)
No
15(34.9%)
I'm not sure
25(58.1%)

Check off as many of the following statements as you agree with.

Wal-Mart is good for job creation in a community.
1(2.3%)
Wal-Mart is bad for job creation in a community because it causes job losses from other retail outlets and lowers average wages.
1(2.3%)
Wal-Mart is good for consumers because it lowers prices in a community.
0(0.0%)
Wal-Mart kills small business.
4(9.3%)
Wal-Mart uses unfair labour practices.
0(0.0%)
My community has a Wal-Mart store and the community is better off with it.
0(0.0%)
My community doesn't have a Wal-Mart store and I wish it did.
1(2.3%)
My community doesn't have a Wal-Mart store and I'm happy that it doesn't.
0(0.0%)

Even though it may be a long way off, how do you feel about the prospect of your retirement?

Very good. I'll be secure in my retirement.
3(7.1%)
Good, I'll be okay in my retirement.
8(19.0%)
I'm not sure or I haven't put my mind to it.
21(50.0%)
Not good, I'm somewhat worried about how I'll get by in my retirement.
8(19.0%)
Depressed. I'm very worried about how I'll make ends meet when I retire.
2(4.8%)

Were you able, or will you be able to get the education you want?

Yes, and with little or no debt
19(45.2%)
Yes, but with a lot of debt
15(35.7%)
I have or had no post-secondary educational goals.
1(2.4%)
No, I wasn't or probably won't be able to afford the post-secondary education that I wanted.
3(7.1%)
No, but not for economic reasons.
4(9.5%)

Economically speaking, are you optimistic or pessimistic about your future?

Optimistic
7(16.3%)
More optimistic than pessimistic
16(37.2%)
Not sure
12(27.9%)
More pessimisic than optimistic
8(18.6%)
Pessimistic
0(0.0%)
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