Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For November 16, 2014

Percentage of U.S. public school teachers who react positively to the primary goal of the Common Core -- to have all states use the same set of academic standards for reading, writing and math in grades K-12, according to a Gallup survey: 76

Percentage who react positively to using computerized tests to measure students' performance and progress: 27

Percentage who react positively to linking those test scores to teacher evaluations: 9

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of frequent fliers (four flights a year or more) who would be very likely to choose price over comfort, according to an Omnibus Research survey: 21

Of those Americans who have flown, percentage who say that lack of space is one of the things they dislike about flying: 50

Percentage who often or always check sites like SeatGuru or Seatplans.com for additional information about seating layout and sizing: 20

Source: YouGov.

Percentage of Americans who believe their personal data is not secure, according to a survey from PKWARE: 61

Percentage of respondents who said theft of financial and banking data (including credit cards) caused them the most concern: 57

Percentage who cited Social Security numbers as the leading data at risk: 55

Source: PKWARE.

Percentage of Americans who estimate they could entertain only up to four guests with their current dinnerware, according to a survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Corelle: 29

Percentage who are embarrassed to invite new friends over to their home for dinner with their current dinnerware set: 50

Source: Wakefield Research.

Percentage of U.S. adults who made charitable donations of money within the past two to three years, according to a Harris poll: 66

Percentage who gave used clothing: 73

Percentage who gave food: 53

Source: Harris Interactive.

Percentage of Internet users who say that they have personally used an online dating site such as Match.com, eHarmony or OK Cupid, according to a national survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet Project: 11 (figure also represents 9 percent of the entire adult population)

Percentage of cellphone app users who say that they have used a dating app on their cellphone: 7 (figure also represents 3 percent of the entire adult population)

Source: Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends.

Percentage of Americans who expected to take a trip this holiday season, according to the 2013/2014 AAA year-end forecast: 29.7

Projected number of Americans who will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season: 94.5 million

Percentage of travelers or 85.8 million who are expected to travel by automobile: 91

Source: American Automobile Association.

Rank of the United States among 14 nations queried with a "perceptions vs. facts" test about knowledge of social-demographic aspects in a test-taker's own country, according to an Ipsos global survey highlighting public ignorance about the makeup of their own populations: 13

Americans' guesstimate of the percentage of the U.S. population that is over 65: 35.9 percent

Actual percentage over 65: 14 percent

Americans' guesstimate of the percentage of the country who identify themselves as Christian: 55.7

Actual percentage identifying as Christian: 78

Source: Ipsos Mori.

Percentage of teenagers aged 11 to 16 years old who say they regret posting something online, according to Digital Diaries research: 28

Percentage who have had to ask someone to remove content posted online about them: 32

Source: Digital Diaries.

Percentage of American adults (about 140 million) who could be recommended for behavioral weight-loss treatment, according to the Obesity Society: 65

Source: The Obesity Society.

Idle Thought

"It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends." -- J.K. Rowling, author

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