Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 16, 2011

Percentage of employees who report feeling inspired to do their best at work, according to a survey from Randstad: 78

Percentage who are proud to work for their company: 76

Percentage who enjoy going to work every day: 66

Percentage of respondents who said they are unlikely to give consideration to or accept a new job offer in the next six months: 60

Source: Randstad-USA.

When singles were asked to define chemistry on a first date, percentage who said it was "feeling comfortable together," according to research conducted at ItsJustLunch.com: 44

Percentage who said "great conversation": 28

Percentage who were sparked by physical attractiveness: 20

Source: It's Just Lunch/American Way.

Percentage of Americans who have purchased groceries at large supercenters -- those that sell food, clothing, etc. -- in the past year, according to a Deloitte survey: 61

Outside of shopping at supermarkets and one-stop-shopping supercenters, percentage of consumers who met their grocery needs by visiting a dollar store over the past year: 32.6

Percentage who bought food at a drugstore: 22

Source: Deloitte.

Percentage of pet lovers in the U.K. who regularly take their dogs or cats on car journeys with them, according to a study of car owners and their pets by Confused.com: 39

Ranks of Adele, Madonna and Lady Gaga on the list of the most popular artists to keep pets happy on the move: 1(tie)

Source: Confused.com.

Percentage of moms who said they own or use a computer, up 9 percent from 2010, according to the results of a Disney Interactive Media Group survey: 96

Percentage of moms who have assumed the role of Household CEO: 79

Source: Disney Interactive Media Group.

Percentage of Americans who believe the Earth has been warming in the last year (up from 75 percent in 2010), according to an Ipsos poll conducted behalf of Stanford University and Reuters: 83

Percentage who believe that if warming has been happening, it has been caused either partly (45 percent) or mostly (27 perent) by things people have been doing: 71

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of shoppers who plan to start holiday shopping earlier this year, according to the results from a PriceGrabber survey: 53

Percentage of consumers who intend to spend less money during the 2011 winter holiday shopping season than they did in 2010: 45

Percentage of shoppers who say the economic climate will affect their overall spending: 68

Source: PriceGrabber.com.

Percentage of adults who agree that a bright or white smile makes a good first impression, according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive, and commissioned by Philips: 89

Percentage who believe that a person's smile is the best physical indicator of someone's friendliness: 55

Source: Harris Interactive.

Percentage of Americans who believe weight-loss-themed reality television has a positive impact on the country's obesity problem, according to a survey from Thomson Reuters: 50

Among the 15 percent of respondents who regularly watch weight-loss-themed television programs such as "The Biggest Loser" and "I Used to Be Fat," percentage who said the shows have influenced their eating habits: 57

Percentage who said their exercise habits had been influenced: 48

Source: Thomson Reuters.

Percentage of Americans who say the nation would be better off if leaders followed public opinion more closely, according to a Gallup survey: 77

Percentage who say the nation would be worse off if leaders paid more attention to the public's views: 20

Source: Gallup.

Idle Thought

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." -- Abraham Lincoln

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