Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For May 25, 2014

Percentage of their salary that applicants would give up to have a job that lets them use familiar skills rather than risk being out of their depth in a job requiring skills they don't have, according to results of a recent survey by Survey Sampling International: 7

Percentage raise plus good health and retirement benefits that it takes to lure people from the job they already have with a company they know: 12

People may complain about commuting, but percentage more desirable it is having a 15- to 30-minute commute than working from home: 20

Source: SSI.

Percentage margin by which employers consider women to be better prepared than men for success in their first jobs, according to a survey conducted by KRC Research on behalf of Bentley University: 59 to 41

Percentage margin by which employers give the edge to men over their entire careers: 53 to 47

Source: KRC Research.

Percentage of Americans 65 and older who held a driver's license in 2010, compared to barely half in the early 1970s, according to a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: 84

Percentage of drivers on U.S. roads who are 65 and older: 16.6

Source: AAA.

Percentage of prime-time viewers ages 18 to 49 who are what the study calls "cord lovers" -- meaning they have maintained or added to their cable or satellite services in the past six months -- according to a TV Dailies poll conducted by Ipsos MediaCT: 64

Percentage who were found to be "cord shavers," who had cut back on the level of services in the past six months: 27

Percentage of respondents who had not had a cable or satellite subscription at all in the past six months: 7

Source: Ipsos MediaCT.

Percentage of U.S. women who said they did not own any adult toys, according to an survey: 54

Percentage who admitted they owned at least one: 41

Percentage of men who said they didn't own a sex toy: 64

Percentage who admitted they owned at least one: 32

Source: Adam & Eve.

Percentage of North American households who own a grill or smoker, according to a Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association survey: 80

Percentage who use their grill year-round: 60

Ranks of the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Father's Day on the list of the most popular holidays for outdoor cooking: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association.

Percentage of Expedia Elite Plus members who said that going on vacation is more important now than it was two years ago: 63

When asked the most important factors when making travel arrangements or while traveling, ranks of hotel room cleanliness, good customer service and privacy of online information: 1, 2, 3

Source: Expedia.

Nationwide, percentage increase in the number of people who traveled to work by bike over the last decade, from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 during the period from 2008 to 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 60

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of U.S. consumers who prefer personalized offers reflecting their shopping habits, according to a survey conducted by Synqera: 85

Percentage of Americans who coupon-browsed instead of window-browsed during the 2013 holiday seasons: 66

Source: Synqera.

Percentage of U.S. adults who had experienced a power outage for more than 12 hours in the last two years, who reported household costs ranging from spoiled food replacement to property damage repair, according to a survey sponsored by Briggs & Stratton Corp.: 69

Percentage of respondents who endured a power outage in the last two years who identified replacing spoiled food as the most common outage-related cost: 40

Source: Briggs & Stratton Corp.

Idle Thought

"The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think." -- Aristotle

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