Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 11, 2015

Percentage of Americans who get stressed at just the thought of relaxing, according to a survey of Princess Cruises: 33

Percentage of Americans who feel guilty about relaxing: 42

Source: Princess Cruises.

Percentage of Americans who think the United States should limit the number of refugees allowed into this country, according to an Ipsos Public Affairs poll: 60

Percentage who say the U.S. should take in more refugees from Syria: 20

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of children age 18 and under who have accumulated savings for college, according to data, drawn from the College Savings Foundation's annual State of College Savings survey: 72

Of those, percentage who had savings started by age 5: 76

Percentage who started saving between the ages of 6 and 10: 21

Percentage all respondents' children who did not yet have savings set aside for college: 28

Source: College Savings Foundation.

Percentage of workers who report having experienced an increase in health care costs in the past year -- down from 59 percent in 2014 and a historical low for the survey, according to research by the Employee Benefit Research Institute: 50

Percentage of workers experiencing cost increases who said the cost increases led them to try to take better care of themselves: 69

Source: EBRI.

Percentage of women ages 18 to 54 in the United States who wear makeup, according to a survey by Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser: 83

Source: Clarion Brands.

Percentage of Americans who say the federal government poses "an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens," according to a Gallup Poll: 49

When this question was first asked in 2003, percentage of Americans who held this belief: 33

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of Americans who admit to making mistakes on social media who are concerned they might adversely affect their careers with a questionable social media post, according to a YouGov Omnibus survey: 21

Percentage who are afraid they may hurt relationships with family or partners by sharing misguided images or messages: 14

Source: YouGov.

Percentage of Americans who believe U.S. public schools provide an excellent or very good education nationally, at both the primary (19 percent for grades K-6) and secondary (18 percent for grades 7-12) levels, according to the results of a Harris Poll: 17.5

Percentage of Americans who believe religious private schools provide an excellent or very good education: 40

Percentage who say the same of private schools without religious affiliations: 38.5

Source: The Harris Poll.

Ranks of the Texas cities of Odessa, Frisco, Midland, Mission and College Station on the list of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., as calculated by 10 key metrics, ranging from population growth rate to unemployment rate decrease, according to an in-depth analysis by WalletHub: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Of the top 10 cities on this list, number that are in Texas: 9

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of consumers who revealed the top reason they hesitate to purchase gifts online is the worry about buying the wrong size, according to a survey by Loop Commerce: 25

Percentage who cited worrying about the hassle of returns as the most common reason they hesitate to buy gifts online: 24

Source: Loop Commerce.

Idle Thought

"It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars." -- Garrison Keillor, radio host and author

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