How Bankrate did this survey

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The Bankrate Financial Literacy survey examines the responses of 1,000 adults age 18 or older, who comprise a nationally representative sample of Americans.

The survey, done by RoperASW for, was conducted through random digit dialed telephone interviews Jan. 17 through Jan. 31, 2003.

The margin for error is plus or minus 3 percent. The survey’s purpose was to gauge the nation’s financial literacy in order to help consumers master their money.

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Bankrate, Inc. (RATE) owns and operates, the Internet’s leading consumer banking marketplace. averages 4 million unique visitors per month, according to comScore Media Metrix, which ranks first in unique visitors in the “Financial information and advice” category. reviews more than 4,800 financial institutions in 173 markets in 50 states. is a destination site of personal finance channels, including banking, investing, taxes and small business finance. It is the leading aggregator of more than 100 financial products, including mortgages, credit cards, new and used auto loans, money market accounts and CDs, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees. provides financial applications and information to a network of more than 80 partners including MSN (MSFT), Yahoo! (YHOO), America Online (AOL) and Smart Money.’s information is also distributed through more than 100 national and state publications., North Palm Beach, Fla.