How badly has the Enron fiasco shaken confidence in the markets? An Ipsos-Reid poll of 619 investors* conducted for BusinessWeek on Feb. 11 found that they don't see Enron as an isolated case. They are not pulling out of stocks en masse, but they want business to clean up its act and regulators to beef up policing. Highlights of the poll:
THE ENRON EFFECT
Which of the following comes closest to your opinion about the Enron case?
Looking ahead, how will the Enron case affect your actions as an investor in the next six months?
When you think about the Enron case, do you worry more as:
GIVE THEM MY MONEY?
Over the next six months, do you think you will probably invest in stocks or stock mutual funds?
REIN THEM IN
Do you favor or oppose the following proposals?
BUY AND HOLD?
In 2001, how many times did you make changes in your investments -- buying or selling stocks or stock mutual funds either within or outside an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan?
* Out of 768 adults interviewed, 619 were investors; margin of error for investors: +/- 4%
** BW/Harris Poll