Retail investor use of financial advisors increased for the third year in a row, with 71 percent of respondents saying they rely on advisors for financial advice, according to a new survey.

That’s up from 70 percent in 2013 and up eight percentage points from 2011, according to the Center for Audit Quality’s 8th annual Main Street Investor Survey released Thursday.

More than seven out of 10 investors said they relied on financial advisors and brokers for advice on where to put their money, surpassing those who said they relied on company financial reports (57 percent), media (55 percent) and friends and family (55 percent).

With all the talk about the growing use of social media by investors, only 22 percent said they saw it as an important source of information for their investment decisions.

Nearly a third of the investors said they are not planning on making any investments in the next 12 months.

An equal number of investors gave the personal relationships they have with advisors and the track record of their advisors (29 percent) as the reason they trust them for directions on their decisions.

Investments providing steady, longer term income were preferred over four times as much to higher risk, higher growth stocks and bonds (40 percent of all investors surveyed versus 9 percent).

Looking at industries, investors were about evenly divided on whether health care stocks were the riskiest (22 percent) or the safest (24 percent).

The consumers said the possibility of health emergencies for themselves and their families posed the greatest financial worry (26 percent), while not having enough money for retirement was in second place (23 percent).

Investor confidence in the financial markets was up for the third year in a row, but still below pre-financial-crisis levels.

This year, 73 percent of investors said they had some, quite a bit or a great deal in the markets compared to 69 percent in 2013. In 2007, the percentage was 84 percent.

The survey polled 1,049 adults ages 18 and over with at least $10,000 in investments.