Plurality of Americans Are Unsure of How the Company They Work For is Preparing for the Future

Ipsos Poll on the Future of Industries

Plurality of Americans Are Unsure of How the Company They Work For is Preparing for the Future

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  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs
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Washington, DC —  In the latest Ipsos poll on the future and how companies plan for it, nearly one in five Americans (19%) say they don’t really spend time thinking about the future of their industry. When thinking about their own future, 17% of Americans typically only think about 5-10 years in the future. Over half of Americans (57%) are familiar with strategy development, a technique some companies use to prepare for the future. Only a quarter of Americans (24%) are familiar with fringe sketches, which is another technique companies use. A plurality of Americans is unsure of how the companies they work for are preparing for the future.    

About the Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted August 31 – September 1, 2017. For the survey, a sample of roughly 1,004 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii was interviewed online in English. 

Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for all respondents. Ipsos calculates a design effect (DEFF) for each study based on the variation of the weights, following the formula of Kish (1965). This study had a credibility interval adjusted for design effect of the following (n=1,004, DEFF=1.5, adjusted Confidence Interval=5).
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For more information on this news release please contact:

Chris Jackson
Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
202.420.2011
chris.jackson@ipsos.com

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Ipsos is an independent market research company controlled and managed by research professionals. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos has grown into a worldwide research group with a strong presence in all key markets. Ipsos ranks fourth in the global research industry.

With offices in 88 countries, Ipsos delivers insightful expertise across five research specializations: brand, advertising and media; customer loyalty; marketing; public affairs research; and survey management.

Ipsos researchers assess market potential and interpret market trends. They develop and build brands. They help clients build long-term relationships with their customers. They test advertising and study audience responses to various media and they measure public opinion around the globe.

Ipsos has been listed on the Paris Stock Exchange since 1999 and generated global revenues of €1,782.7 million in 2016.

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The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs

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