Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 20, 2015

Percentage of women who said getting more sleep makes people more productive: 60

Percentage of men and women who agree that sleep and exercise play important roles in increasing productivity: 97

Percentage of Americans who feel most productive during the morning (between 6 and 11 a.m.): 62


When asked, "If you found out tomorrow you were financially able to quit work, would you?" percentage who said they would, according to a survey from Ipsos Public Affairs' Omnibus Division: 40

Odds on winning the lottery: 175,223,110 to 1

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

If Canadians could vote in the U.S. presidential election, percentage who would hand the Democrats a victory over the Republicans (17 percent) and independent candidates (28 percent), according to a poll conducted on behalf of Global News: 55

Percentage who would have voted for Barack Obama in 2012: 86

Source: Global News.

Percentage of college students who prefer print textbooks to e-books, according to a survey conducted by Direct Textbook: 72

Percentage of textbooks purchased by students in 2014 that were print editions, according to the Student Monitor: 87

Percentage that were e-books: 9

Source: Direct Textbook.

In 2014, percentage of people who identified with the Catholic faith (down from 23.9 in 2007): 20.8

Percentage who identified with the evangelical Protestant faith (down from 26.3): 25.4

Percentage who identified with mainline Protestantism (down from 18.1) in 2007: 14.7

Percentage who stated they were unaffiliated (up from 16.1): 22.8

Source: Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

Percentage of Americans who believe travel is more enjoyable when experienced with their children, according to the results of a study by Expedia and Tinder: 33

Percentage who feel it is less enjoyable: 23

Percentage who report no meaningful difference: 42

Source: Expedia.

Percentage of workers who said they've experienced at least one work-related mishap when starting a new job, according to research from the staffing firm OfficeTeam: 54

Percentage who stated company technology (computer, phone, security access, etc.) wasn't properly set up when they arrived: 33

Percentage of HR managers who stated their company's process for bringing on new employees is "very effective": 50

Percentage who said it's "somewhat effective": 42

Source: OfficeTeam.

Percentage of American adults who say that a product touted as "handmade/handcrafted" strongly or somewhat communicates that the product is high quality, according to a Harris poll: 59

Source: The Harris Poll.

Percentage of lawyers who said they would have chosen business management or marketing careers if they hadn't become attorneys, according to a survey by Robert Half Legal: 20

Rank of academia/education, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and finance/economics on the list of chosen alternate careers: 2 (three-way tie at 12 percent each)

Source: Robert Half Legal.

Percentage of parents who say they frequently feel tired, according to a survey by 45

Percentage who say they feel stressed: 40

Percentage who say they never feel rested: 10


Idle Thought

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." -- Arthur Ashe

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