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Online Extra: Interactive Poll: Your Take on 2002


What's your outlook for investing in 2001? BusinessWeek commissioned Harris Interactive Inc. to survey a representative cross-section of the American population about where they have their money now and how they see things unfolding in the year ahead. Of the 1,006 adults who participated, 565 were stock investors.

Here's an online version of that poll. Go ahead and answer the questions yourself to see how your own responses compare to those of the BusinessWeek/Harris Poll. Please remember that this online survey isn't a scientific poll. It's simply a survey of those who choose to participate. We appreciate your doing so, and we'll report the results in a few weeks.

If you had to choose the one investment that you think would be the best to make right now, which would it be?

Real estate

Mutual funds

Bank or savings & loan deposits

Common stock

Money market funds

Gold or other precious metals

Government bonds

Corporate bonds

I don't save or invest at all

Not sure

Thinking about your household's total assets including real estate, stocks including stock mutual funds, bonds including bond mutual funds, savings instruments and cash, does your household own any of the following?

Real estate

Stocks including stock mutual funds

Bonds including bond mutual funds

Savings instruments and cash

Some other asset

Over the next year, do you think stocks will go up, stay about the same, or go down?

Go up

Stay about the same

Go down

Not sure

Over the next 12 months, how would you rate the chance of another big crash in the stock market?

Very likely

Somewhat likely

Not very likely

Not likely at all

Not sure

How do you think terrorism and the war against it will affect the stock market over the next 12 months?

Very positively

Somewhat positively

Somewhat negatively

Very negatively

No effect at all

Not sure

Do you believe that next year, the stock market will be less volatile, about as volatile as this year, or more volatile?

Less volatile

About as volatile as this year

More volatile

Not sure

Have you bought common stock or shares in a stock mutual fund within the past year?

Have bought

Have not bought

Not sure

Over the next six months, do you think you will probably invest a lot more in stocks or stock mutual funds, invest somewhat more in stocks or stock mutual funds, reduce your investment in stocks or stock mutual funds somewhat or reduce your investments a lot?

Invest a lot more

Invest somewhat more

Reduce somewhat

Reduce a lot

Stay the same

I don't save or invest at all

Not sure

In the long run, what sort of total returns (capital gains plus dividends) do you expect the stock market to produce for you?

Below 5% a year

5% to below 10% a year

10% to below 12% a year

12% to below 15% a year

15% or higher a year

Not sure

How confident are you that the stocks or mutual funds you pick will beat the market averages?

Very confident

Somewhat confident

Not very confident

Not at all confident

Not sure

Overall, how would you describe the stock market's valuation?

Very overpriced

Somewhat overpriced

Fairly valued

Somewhat cheap

Very cheap

Not sure

Overall, how would you describe the valuation of international stocks?

Very overpriced

Somewhat overpriced

Fairly valued

Somewhat cheap

Very cheap

Not sure

Overall, how would you describe the valuation of technology stocks?

Very overpriced

Somewhat overpriced

Fairly valued

Somewhat cheap

Very cheap

Not sure


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