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 73

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


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)