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Payroll tax changes have yet to affect behavior of many investors, John Hancock poll finds

Payroll tax changes have reduced take-home pay, but that has yet to persuade many investors to change their savings or spending patterns, according to a new poll from John Hancock, the Boston-based financial services company.

The company conducts a quarterly poll of affluent investors, and in its latest John Hancock Investor Sentiment Survey, 52 percent of investors surveyed said they have not changed their behavior because of payroll tax changes while 32 percent said they are spending less and 19 percent said they are contributing less to savings.

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