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How the Associated Press-GfK poll on tax preparation was conducted

The Associated Press-GfK poll on tax preparation was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications March 20-24. It is based on online interviews of 1,012 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel. The original sample was drawn from a panel of respondents recruited via phone or mail survey methods. GfK provides Internet access to panel recruits who don't already have it. With a probability basis and coverage of people who otherwise couldn't access the Internet, online surveys using KnowledgePanel are nationally representative.

German consumer climate holds steady but researchers warn Ukraine crisis may soon have impact

BERLIN - A closely-watched survey shows German consumers remain positive about the economy, but researchers are warning the crisis in Ukraine may soon start weigh on sentiment. GfK says Wednesday that its forward-looking indicator remained steady at 8.5 points for April, unchanged on the revised March value. GfK says consumers' economic expectations and willingness to buy both rose, helping offset a slight decline in income expectations.

German consumers increasingly confident as economy picks up speed

BERLIN - German consumers are continuing to look ahead optimistically in 2014 as Europe's largest economy's growth accelerates. The forward-looking GfK consumer climate survey released Wednesday rose to 8.5 points for March, following a revised 8.3 in February. The research institute says income expectations improved upon an already high value in the previous survey and consumers' willingness to buy dropped slightly but remained at a high level. Their economic expectations dropped slightly after five consecutive increases, but GfK says the trend remains upward.

Rock-bottom rates convert German savers to spending

By Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) - After diligently setting aside his earnings for years, Sebastian decided last year it was time to splurge. With interest rates at record lows, the 36-year-old took out two loans and bought a three-bedroom flat in a leafy Berlin suburb for 228,000 euros. "I don't think it's ever been as cheap as it is now," the IT specialist said. He is paying interest rates of just 2.15 and 2.40 percent on 5- and 10-year loans totaling 130,000 euros ($178,300).

Survey: German consumers increasingly positive about economy

BERLIN - A closely-watched survey shows German consumers are becoming increasingly positive as the economy picks up speed. The forward-looking GfK consumer climate indicator released Wednesday rose to 8.2 points for February, up from a revised 7.7 points in January. Consumers' economic expectations rose for the fifth month to 35.3 points — some 46 points above the same time a year ago. Income expectations reached the highest value in 13 years of 46.2 points, while willingness to buy surpassed last month's seven-year high, rising to 50 points.

AP-GfK Poll: Negative views of health rollout ease as more sign up; consumers still skeptical

WASHINGTON - Memo to the White House: The website may be fixed, but President Barack Obama's new health insurance markets have yet to win over most consumers. Negative perceptions of the health care rollout have eased, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds. But overall, two-thirds of Americans say things still aren't going well. Of those who've tried to sign up, or who live with someone who has, 71 per cent have encountered problems. But the share reporting success jumped to 40 per cent from a meagre 24 per cent in December.

How the Associated Press-GfK poll on the Affordable Care Act was conducted

The Associated Press-GfK poll on the health care overhaul was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Dec. 5-9. It is based on online interviews of 1,367 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel. The original sample was drawn from a panel of respondents recruited via phone or mail survey methods. GfK provides Internet access to panel recruits who don't already have it. With a probability basis and coverage of people who otherwise couldn't access the Internet, online surveys using KnowledgePanel are nationally representative.

AP-GfK poll: Many fliers dislike idea of in-flight calls; regulators prepare to debate issue

WASHINGTON - As federal regulators consider removing a decades-old prohibition on making phone calls on planes, a majority of Americans who fly oppose such a change, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds. The Federal Communications Commission will officially start the debate Thursday, holding the first of several meetings to review the agency's 22-year-old ban. New FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has called the current rules "outdated and restrictive."

You can trust us on this, but you probably won't: Americans are suspicious in daily encounters

Do you keep a close watch when you hand over your credit card? Assume the other fellow on the road is texting or drunk? Worry that a careless post will be spread by your Facebook friends? If so, you're not alone. Americans are a mistrustful bunch. Nearly two-thirds say you can't be too careful in dealing with people, according to the General Social Survey, a massive survey of Americans conducted regularly since 1972 with funding from the National Science Foundation.

How the Associated Press-GfK poll on the trust in others was conducted

The Associated Press-GfK poll on the American public's trust in others was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Oct. 3-7. It is based on online interviews of 1,227 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.
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