Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For August 09, 2009

On the 40th anniversary of the moon landing and Woodstock, and the recent death of iconic CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite, percentage of U.S. adults who said that the historic legacy of the baby boomer generation (born 1946 to 1964) would be self-indulgence and consumerism, according to a Zogby poll: 42

Percentage who said they will be remembered for bringing lasting change in social and cultural values and ending a war: 27

Percentage who said "nothing at all": 11

Source: Zogby International.

Percentage of parents who are more prepared to talk to their children about drugs and alcohol than money and finances, according to a survey conducted for ING Direct: 39

Percentage of parents who are more prepared to talk to their children about the birds and bees or dating than money and finances: 27

Source: ING Direct's Sharebuilder 401(k).

Percentage of men who look for wife potential in a girlfriend, according to the results from the second annual "Great Male Survey": 84

Percentage who believe that they should pay for the majority of dates at least until a relationship is established: 85


Percentage of senior executives who said that it is common for candidates with promising resumes not to live up to expectations during the interview, according to a survey developed by Robert Half International: 72

Source: Robert Half International.

Percentage of workers age 55 and older who were laid off in the last 12 months who found new jobs, the lowest of all age groups, according to a study from CareerBuilder: 28

Percentage of those ages 25 to 34 who found new jobs: 71


Percentage of workers who say they do not have qualified managers, according to Randstad's annual World of Work report: 51

Percentage of workers who want nothing to do with climbing the corporate ladder to management: 49

While generation Y'ers most fear managing disgruntled employees, percentage of generation X'ers, boomers and mature workers for whom stress is the main deterrent: 82

Source: Randstad-USA.

Number of unmarried Americans (includes those who were never married, widowed or divorced) 18 and older in 2008, representing 43 percent of all U.S. residents 18 and older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 95.9 million

Number of unmarried Americans 18 and older who were women: 53 million

Percentage of unmarried Americans 18 and older who had never been married: 61

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of Americans who say they wouldn't be able to pay their bills on time if they went more than one month between jobs, according to a survey by Country Financial: 49

Percentage who say they would tap their savings to cope with a shortfall in income if they lost their job: 50

Percentage who would rely on retirement accounts: 16

Source: Country Financial.

Percentage of Americans who are willing to make sacrifices for a free lunch, according to a survey for Quiznos: 75

Percentage who are even willing to commit "refrigerator theft," and have admitted to having taken a coworker's lunch out of the refrigerator: 14

Percentage of respondents who would attend an in-law's retirement party or a business meeting for a free lunch: 50

Percentage who said they would go on a blind date if it meant a gratis meal: 20

Source: Quiznos.

Percentage of senior executives and managers who work 41 to 60 hours a week, according to a worldwide survey conducted by NFI Research: 77

Percentage of business leaders who work 11 hours or more a day: 11

Percentage of businesspeople who work 10 or more hours a day: 40

Source: NFI Research.

Idle Thought

"How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success." -- Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine

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