Figuratively Speaking for May 26, 2017

Percentage of business executives and CEOs with an average household income of $187,000 who say that golfing with a business associate is a good way to establish a close relationship, according to a survey conducted by Guideline Research & Consulting Inc.: 97

Percentage who say that it's a good way to make new business contacts: 92

Percentage of executives who say some of their biggest deals have been done on the golf course: 43

Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Percentage of working people who are seeking additional job training or certifications to move their career forward who say they are doing it to make more money: 53

Percentage who are eager to learn or are a seeking self-satisfaction: 40

Percentage who say they want to create a better life for their family: 38

Percentage who say they want to improve their resume: 35

Source: Toluna QuickSurveys.

Projected amount that consumers will spend on graduation gifts this year, according to the annual survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics: $5.6 billion

Percentage of respondents who will give cash as they seek to help students with the costly transition from high school to college, or college to the "real world": 53

Ranks of greeting cards (41 percent), gift cards (33 percent), apparel (16 percent) and electronics (11 percent) on the list of the most popular gifts: 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: NRF.

Percentage of security professionals who have used or still use birthdays, addresses, pet names or children names for their work passwords, according to a survey conducted Thycotic: 30

In 2016 alone, number of user credentials/passwords that were stolen -- 95 credentials and passwords stolen every second -- according to Thycotic and Cybersecurity Ventures' Password Report: 3 billion

Source: Thycotic.

Percentage of America's top math students who are involved in volunteer activities, according to a survey sponsored by the Moody's Foundation: 55

Percentage who eat healthy foods most of the time, while 24 percent prefer healthy foods but frequently eat fast food or junk food: 47

Percentage of respondents who said they are naturally interested in math: 51

Source: Moody's Economy.com.

Percentage of Americans who believe climate change is caused by human activity, according to the results of an Ipsos poll: 51

Percentage who believe it is caused by natural patterns: 31

Percentage who do not think climate change is really happening: 6

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of women who said "broken trust" is the best way to ruin a relationship, according to a survey commissioned by epi24: 61

Percentage who said "self-absorption" can also be a deal-breaker: 22

Source: epi24.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, rank of the peanut on the list of America's favorite snack nuts: 1

Whether roasted in the shell, used in salads and stir-fry recipe or in cookies, average number of pounds of shelled peanuts each American eats per year, about half in the form of peanut butter: 6

In 2014, value of the peanut export market: $450 million

Percentage that went to Canada: 22

Percentage that went to Mexico: 18

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of Americans who are planning to take a long weekend trip this summer, according to the Travelzoo summer survey: 74

Percentage of travelers who said they were likely to take more long weekend trips than they did last year: 56

Percentage of travelers who named visiting family and friends as their main reason to take a long weekend trip: 85

Source: Travelzoo.

Percentage rise in credit and debit card fraud alerts from two years ago, according to a CreditCards.com report: 15

Percentage of U.S. adults who have received a fraud alert regarding a credit card: 31

Source: Bankrate.com.

Idle Thought

"Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in." -- Bill Bradley

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre@bwr.eastlink.ca.)

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