"What has changed is the number saying they do not know if it is a good time or bad time to buy stocks. The number who don't know has ranged from 18% to 28% in previous polling, but in this weekend's poll it dropped to just 5%. People who used to say they did not know if it was wise or not to buy stocks suddenly have an opinion, and it is a bullish one. That is no doubt a temporary effect caused by media attention, patriotism and the drop in stock prices. The fence-sitters may not pay as much attention to the market as bulls and bears do, but they heard all that, and they think now is the time to buy," Riehle says.
Between Friday, September 21 and Sunday, September 23, 2001, Ipsos-Reid Express interviewed a representative sample of 1000 adults nationwide by telephone. Results are accurate within a margin of error of 3.1%.
Contact: Thomas Riehle (Tel.) 202-463-7300