Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 07, 2014

Percentage of Americans who believe it is up to parents to educate future generations about money matters, yet only 47 percent of parents indicate they are confident in their own understanding of the topic: 92

Percentage of respondents who believe assigning chores for allowance is one of the best ways to teach children financial lessons: 68

Percentage who would say the same about enrolling their children in a financial class: 22


As of May 2013, percentage of American adults ages 18 and older who do not use the Internet or email, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet Project: 15

Percentage of adults who use the Internet, but not at home: 9

Percentage of non-Internet users who think the Internet is just not relevant to them, saying they are not interested, do not want to use it or have no need for it: 34

Source: PEW Internet and American Life Project.

Ranks of Stacy Keibler, Maria Sharapova and Karina Smirnoff on the list of female celebrities who respondents said had the best beach bodies, according to a Nationwide E-Score Survey: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth and Shemar Moore on the list of the hottest male celebrity beach bodies: 1, 2, 3

Source: E-Score.

Percentage of Americans who strongly agree that today's schools should teach students critical thinking skills, according to a Gallup poll: 80

Percentage who say they should be taught how to set meaningful goals: 64

Percentage who say schools should know how to motivate students: 61

Source: Education at Gallup.

Percentage of marketing professionals who work 10 or more hours on an average day, according to the results of a study that looks at a day in the life of a marketer by AtTask: 25

Percentage of respondents who said interruptions were a major distraction to their workdays: 36

Percentage who said they spend three to four hours a day on email: 34

Source: AtTask.

Percentage of Americans who support legislation that would require policemen to wear cameras, according to a survey by YouGov: 72

Percentage of Americans who think that police brutality described as "the use of excessive force, usually physical, but potentially in the form of verbal attacks and psychological intimidation," is an issue in the United States: 66

Source: YouGov.

Percentage of Americans who admit to watching or listening to the TV while they are intimate with their partners, according to a survey commissioned by LG Electronics USA: 22

Percentage of respondents who leave their TVs on for their pets when they step out: 26

Source: LG Electronics US, Inc.

Percentage of Americans who feel vulnerable to tax scams, according to a survey released by and conducted via Toluna QuickSurveys: 78

Percentage who believe tax scams are a real problem in the U.S.: 88


Percentage of Americans who either work or spend a significant amount of time outside in warm weather during the summer months, according to a survey commissioned by Mars Chocolate North America: 30

Percentage of those who wish they worked indoors at times: 63

Source: Mars Chocolate North America.

Percentage of teens who believe that their driver's education program completely prepared them to drive, according to a survey commissioned by Michelin North America and the: 49

Percentage of their parents who think the same: 47

Source: Michelin.

Idle Thought

"By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower." -- Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel laureate (1861-1941)

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)