Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 02, 2020

Percentage of Americans who are spending 30 more minutes each day cooking in the kitchen compared to the same time last year, according to a survey conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Farm Rich: 30

Percentage who reach for comfort food to bring happiness: 41

Percentage who have gained a few pounds staying at home -- an extra six pounds on average: 85

Source: Farm Rich.

Percentage of American adults who have a least-favorite cleaning task, or "mess nemesis," according to a survey by Jelmar for CLR: 88

Percentage who have dodged their least-favorite cleaning task in one way or another, some leaving the task to a family member or housemate, or even to a completely different homeowner: 61

Percentage who have dodged their least-favorite cleaning task by moving to a new home: 4

Percentage who have ignored it: 25

Source: Jelmar.

Percentage of Americans who say it is not very likely or not at all likely they would get the first-generation COVID-19 vaccine, while 39% report that they would, according to an Ipsos poll: 60

Percentage who say they will wait a few months after (30%) or a year or more (18%) after a vaccine is available: 48

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Estimated number of U.S. adults who plan to participate in Halloween-related activities this year, according to the National Retail Federation's annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics: 148 million

Rank of safe at-home activities on the list of priorities for celebrating the occasion: 1

Percentage who plan to decorate their homes: 53

Percentage who plan to carve a pumpkin: 46

Percentage who will dress up their pet: 18

Source: NRF.

Number of Americans who traveled during the Labor Day weekend, the highest passenger volume since March -- with the busiest day of travel up 30% from the July 4th holiday weekend, as reported by the Transportation Security Administration: 3 million

Source: FINN Partners.

Amid this year's historic coronavirus pandemic, percentage of small- and mid-size business owners and executives who reported that they have made adaptations to their business in response to COVID-19, including safety changes (69%), such as new policies and procedures (62%) or physical modifications (57%), and/or adopted work-from-home policies (33%), according to a PNC survey: 79

Percentage of businesses who report increased use of technology since the outbreak began: 51

Source: PNC Financial Services Group.

Percentage of moms who say they're up late at night to care for their children, according to a survey by Zulily: 17

Percentage who stay awake planning the future: 16

Percentage of moms who say they feel judged by other parents for their parenting decisions: 38

Source: Zulily.

Percentage of the U.S. population who are aware of the importance of sun protection and state they use sun protection during sun exposure, according to a survey by ISIDIN: 50.3

Percentage of Americans who use sunscreen with the objective of preventing sun spots and wrinkles: 52

Percentage who use it because of the worry of developing skin cancer: 27

Source: ISIDIN.

Percentage of Americans who said their opinion of the U.S. health care system has changed for the worse in the face of COVID-19, according to the results of a survey: 33

Percentage who said their opinion changed for the better: 14

Percentage who said they're afraid of contracting the virus because of health care costs: 33


Percentage of business leaders who feel positive about the role that AI will play in the future, with the No. 1 expectation being that it will make business processes more efficient, according to a report published by information hub the AI Journal: 72

Percentage who have suggested that AI will help to create new business models: 55

Source: AI Journal.

Idle Thought

"Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence." -- Thomas Chandler Haliburton, author, judge and politician (1776-1865)

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