Most Americans prefer long-term growth and guarantees, which may make them less money in the short-term, than cheaper and faster short-term options that are higher risk and deliver less over longer periods of time, according to poll results from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. 

In a recent poll of 2,159 adults conducted by Harris Interactive, most said they would prefer a raise in salary to a one-time bonus. Only 13% chose the bonus over a raise that would end up being more in the long run. A majority (82%) of respondents also said they would pay a premium for longer-lasting products and 83% said they would choose a smaller guaranteed reward over a larger one with low odds.  

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