Top 10 Surveys, Polls, and Market Research Insights for Today

Here is a list of the some key surveys, polls, studies and market research reports that came out today, which may have implications for consumers and/or businesses.

Survey: Weather updates popular via cell
A greater percentage of cell phone Internet users visit popular weather and sports Web sites compared with people who go online via computer, according to survey findings by MobileWeb Metrix.

Business survey predicts lay-offs, price rises
A new survey says one in 10 businesses will be forced to lay off staff in the new year because of increased costs and lower profits. Dunn and Bradstreet spoke to 1,200 companies about their expectations for the first quarter of 2007.

Wi-Fi Chipset Sales Expected To Grow 25% in 2006
Sales of Wi-Fi chipsets are on track to exceed 200 million units in 2006, according to statistics compiled by the Wi-Fi Alliance and market research firm In-Stat.

Survey: E&P Spending to Cool Off in 2007
After two years of massive increases, the pace of oil and gas capital spending growth will slow down in 2007, as U.S. companies temper their North American budgets in the wake of weakening natural gas prices, according to a survey released Monday by Lehman Brothers.

Workplace gift-giving inappropriate: survey
Holiday season festivities have a positive impact on the workplace, but Canadian workers are not fans of exchanging gifts at the office, according to a new Workopolis survey.

LCD Television prices drop 35% - study
Market research firm DisplayBank says the price for LCD television sets have dropped at least 35% this year. Prices for large 42-inch television sets have dropped 35% from last year and now average $2180 each. Cheaper LCD panels make up the majority of the savings and large panels now cost an average of $640 which is 42.9% less than last year.

Survey: Patients Want Online Health Records
A survey released this week by the nonprofit Markle Foundation finds patients enthusiastic about being able to access their health information online. A vast majority say they would use this information to prevent unnecessary care and take better care of themselves.

The Workplace: Studies find that 'extreme' workers can hurt bottom line
The general message of two studies is that we spend far too much time at work, but the authors also measure the downside to business. About 20 percent of high earners in the United States (defined as those in the top 6 percent of income levels) meet the definition of an extreme worker. That means 20 percent of those who make it to the top are working harder than any human can sustain for very long.

Survey: Mobile entertainment services fall flat 
A new survey from IDC finds that U.S. consumers aren't using mobile entertainment and data services nearly as much as you might think.

U.S. improves rate of blood pressure control: study
More Americans have their high blood pressure under control, reducing their risk of heart attack, stroke and other diseases, according to a new study released by the American Heart Association on Monday.

Study finds medication labels are 'confusing'
Patients with low reading levels are highly susceptible to misusing their medication because they can't understand the directions on prescription labels, according to a new study to be published Dec. 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Slim people are not always healthy: Survey
Being slim may not be always a sign of good health, says a survey that discovered that many outwardly thin people store up dangerous layers of fat inside their bodies.

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