Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 26, 2009

Percentage of professionals who believe their employers are rising to the occasion when it comes to responding to the downturn in the economy, according to a survey by Robert Half International: 69

Percentage of respondents who said their companies are doing only some things or nothing right: 30

Percentage who feel their employers will emerge from the recession stronger than before: 55

Source: Robert Half International.

Percentage of Americans who say that married men and women having an affair is morally wrong, according to a survey by Gallup: 92

Percentage who say sex between an unmarried man and woman is morally wrong: 40

Percentage who say that having a baby outside of marriage is morally wrong: 45

Source: Gallup.

Estimated percentage of defaults on mortgage loans that are strategic decisions, especially when home values have fallen by more than 15 percent, according to a study by the Kellogg School of Management: 25

Percentage of households that would default, even if they can afford to pay their mortgage, when the equity shortfall reaches 50 percent of the value of the house: 17

Percentage more likely people were to default when they know someone who defaulted: 82

Source: Kellogg School of Management.

Percentage of fliers who consider cabin cleanliness first when making a reservation, according to a survey by TripAdvisor: 90

For onboard comfort features, percentage who consider a full meal most important: 40

Ranks of Singapore Airlines, British Airways and Continental on the list of airlines that serve the best food: 1, 2, 3

Source: TripAdvisor.

Percentage of American men who would say yes to a sham marriage so that a foreigner could remain in the country, with a high percentage that said they would be willing to marry strangers for cash, according to a survey by Date.com, Matchmaker.com and Amor.com: 58.8

Percentage of women who said the same: 60.9

Source: date.com.

Percentage of Americans who don't believe CEO and CFO statements about the outlook of the financial position of their companies are credible because they are reluctant to detail the real problems facing their companies in the current economic environment, according to a Zogby survey: 75

Source: Zogby International.

Although "The Jazz Singer," with superstar Al Jolson, had a partial soundtrack and had already stunned audiences when it was first released, the year the first movie with a full-length soundtrack, "The Lights of New York," about the murder of a crime boss, opened in New York, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1928

In 1928, number of times weekly the average American went to the movies: 2

Number of times per year the average American goes to the movies today: 5

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Number of times faster that proprietorship employment grew than wage-and-salary employment between 2001 and 2006, according to research by Laurence E. Goss: 7

In 2006, number of sole proprietors in the U.S.: 20,768,555

Source: Enterprise Center at Salem State College.

Percentage of employees who would feel more freedom to concentrate on work and home responsibilities if their employer provided support for child care, according to a poll from Workplace Options: 48

Source: Workplace Options.

While the U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that U.S. energy demand will increase 9 percent during the next 20 years, percentage of Americans who chose the correct answer, according to the third annual "Energy IQ" survey, conducted for the American Petroleum Institute (API) by Harris Interactive: 5

Percentage increase in U.S. energy demand projected by the majority of respondents: 16 to 21

Source: Harris Interactive.

Idle Thought

"He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it." -- Dante Alighieri, poet

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