Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For April 24, 2011

Percentage of Americans who hold a favorable opinion about businessman, television personality and potential presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to a Gallup Poll: 43

Percentage who have an unfavorable opinion about him: 47

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of American adults who say they believe in love at first sight, according to Adam and Eve's Great American Sex Survey: 55

Of those respondents, percentage who admitted they've experienced it themselves: 71

Source: Adam and Eve.

Percentage of U.S. working adults who believe they are paid fairly, according to an Ipsos Public Affairs survey conducted on behalf of Kenexa: 60

Percentage who feel they are underpaid: 37

Percentage who report that they are overpaid: 2

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Estimated percentage of U.S. households that take part in lawn and garden activities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 75

Percentage who grow flowers: 33

Percentage who have vegetable gardens: 25

Percentage who enjoy a garden pond: 10

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of federal managers who say they were unaware of their agency's plans for implementing a shutdown of operations if funding for federal agencies were to run out, according to the Government Business Council: 56

Percentage of respondents who said they did not know if they would have to report to work during a shutdown: 51

Percentage of respondents who rate morale in their agency as "low" or "very low": 48

Source: Government Business Council.

Percentage of Americans 21 years of age and older who say they drink alcohol at least once a week, including 5 percent who drink daily and 10 percent who drink several times a week, according to the results of a Harris Poll: 29

Percentage who say they drink alcohol at least once a month: 20

Percentage who say they never drink alcohol: 22

Source: Harris Interactive.

Percentage of IT security professionals who reported that security breaches, such as those from WikiLeaks, made them reconsider their company's data security policies, according to a survey by Imperva: 82

Percentage of respondents who said that they knew the exact number of sensitive files they had: 18

Source: Imperva.

Percentage of respondents who have purchased soap who say their decision is based mainly on scent, according to a Mintel poll: 38

Percentage who say they prefer shower products with extra moisturizers: 35

Percentage who claim that finding soap or body wash products on sale or the cheapest is important/very important to them: 60

Source: Mintel.

Percentage of U.S. households that crafted at least once during 2010, according to a Craft and Hobby Association study: 56

Value of the U.S. craft and hobby industry: $29.2 billion

Source: Craft and Hobby Association.

Percentage of car owners who use online repair cost estimates who report saving money on repair bills, according to AutoMD.com: 73

Percentage of car owners who usually go to the repair shop who are now more likely to perform their own repairs: 31.3

Source: AutoMD.com.

Idle Thought

"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?" -- George Eliot

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