Wednesday November 24, 1999

Y2K Worries Shrink, But U.S. Stockpiling More

By Deborah Zabarenko

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans are less worried than they used to be that the Y2K computer glitch will cause big problems, but more of them plan to stockpile gasoline and food as precautions, a poll showed on Wednesday.

Only 3 percent of those surveyed expected major problems from the so-called Y2K bug, in which computers might react as if it were 1900 instead of 2000 when the new year arrives, according to a nationwide poll conducted for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and USA Today. That was down from the 7 percent who had major problems with Y2K glitch in a similar poll conducted in August for the same group.