62.7% of US employees choose PPO plan for their medical insurance

Consumer Driven Health Plans, or CDHPs, increased by 43% from 2007, and now comprise nearly 13% of all plans offered by employers. The%age of employees enrolled in these plans nearly doubled, from six% in 2007 to 11.2% 2008. While preferred provider organizations (PPOs) continue to dominate the market, representing 54% of plans offered by employers and nearly two-thirds (62.7%) of employees enrolled, health maintenance organization (HMO) participation continues to slip, and now represents just 21.3% of plans offered, with only 13.3% of employees enrolled, United Benefits Advisors reported.

Online political activities by age

Online political activities by age 18-29 30-49 50-64 65+
Watched campaign commercials online 37% 28% 26% 24%
Watched candidate speeches or announcements online 35 29 20 19
Watched interviews with candidates online 35 27 20 21
Watched online video that did not come from a campaign or news organization 35 25 20 14
Watch video online of the candidate debates 33 23 17 16
Posted your own political commentary or writing 12 5 3 2
Source: Pew Internet Project

37% of those who politically engaged online say the internet helps them feel more personally connected with the candidates

64% of those who are politically engaged through the internet, email, and text messaging think the internet is full of misinformation that their fellow citizens are gullible enough to believe, compared with 54% among those who are not politically engaged online, according to Pew Internet Project. At the same time, 37% of those who politically engaged online say the internet helps them feel more personally connected with the candidates or the campaign, compared with 13% of those who are politically disengaged. And 30% of those go online for political purposes say they would not be as involved in this election if it weren’t for the internet, compared with just 9% of the politically disengaged who say that.

Growth in political content sharing and creation since fall 2006

What do users do online Fall 2006 Spring 2008
Forward or post someone else’s political commentary or writing 5% 11%
Sign up to receive email from the candidates or campaigns 3 9
Forward or post someone else’s political audio or video recordings 3 6
Posted your own political commentary or writing to an online newsgroup, website or blog 3 5
Contributed money online to a candidate 2 6
Source: Pew Internet Project

35% of Americans think US will be the world science leader by 2028

70% of Americans believe the USA is not now the world leader in science achievement. 35% believe the USA will be the world science leader in the next 20 years. 79% agree that science is not receiving the attention it deserves in schools. 26% believe that they themselves have a good understanding of science. 44% couldn’t identify a single scientist, living or dead, whom they’d consider a role model for the nation’s young people, USA Today reports.

55% of Republicans, 61% of Democrats, and 56% of independents look online for news about politics or the 2008 campaigns

78% of Republicans, 74% of Democrats, and 76% of independents go online. Among internet users, 55% of Republicans, 61% of Democrats, and 56% of independents look online for news about politics or the 2008 campaigns. 49% of Republicans, 50% of Democrats, and 48% of independents use the internet, email, or text messaging to learn about the campaign and engage in the political process, according to Pew Internet Project