Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For February 14, 2020

While Americans know they would pay less in taxes throughout the year, and they are aware they are giving Uncle Sam an interest-free loan, the percentage who still say they would rather get a refund than a bigger paycheck, vs. 37% who say the opposite, according to a survey from Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and Barclays U.S. Consumer Bank: 63

Percentage of respondents who received a refund last year, with the median amount being $2,154: 74

Source: Commonwealth Public Affairs.

Percentage of people who admit they've cheated on a New Year's resolution, according to a WalletHub survey: 70

Percentage who believe that it is OK to adjust their New Year's resolutions throughout the year: 80

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of senior managers who said organizations are less formal than they were 10 years ago, according to research by Accountemps: 91

Ranks of cursing, bringing pets and having political decor on the list of workplace behaviors that are still considered inappropriate: 1, 2, 3

Source: Accountemps.

According to parents, number of faux pas they commit before their child moves out of the house, according to a survey by Boudreaux's Butt Paste: 4,000

Ranks of allowing children to have too much screen time, accidentally teaching children swear words and letting children watch something that wasn't age-appropriate on the list of the top parenting snafus: 1, 2, 3

Percentage of parents who think their child behaves worse than they did at their age, while 33% said it's about the same: 29

Source: Boudreaux's Butt Paste.

Percentage of employers who admitted to making a decision not to employ someone because they didn't like the way they looked, according to research by Green King: 51

Of those, percentage who didn't employ the candidate because of their visible tattoos: 43

Percentage who didn't approve of their clothes: 40

Percentage of bosses who were put off by hair color or style: 30

Percentage who said the interviewee failed to land the job because they had a disability: 21

Source: Green King.

Percentage of U.S. adults who admit to committing some form of financial infidelity against their current spouse/partner, according to a survey by 44

Percentage who say that financial infidelity is worse than physical infidelity: 27

Percentage who admit to spending more money than they feel their spouse/partner would be comfortable with: 34

Percentage who have kept at least one secret financial account (including 10% with a covert credit card, 9% a savings account and 8% a checking account): 17


Percentage of college students who engaged in high-risk, and often life-threatening, behaviors while away at school over the past 12 months, according to a survey: 50

Percentage of college students who admitted to texting while driving: 47

Percentage who say they don't wear a seat belt: 37

Percentage who confessed to driving under the influence of recreational marijuana: 18

Percentage who confessed to driving under the influence of alcohol: 13

Percentage who have taken prescription drugs to help them study: 20 plus

Percentage who have had sexual intercourse without a condom: 38


Percentage of Americans who are in favor of culturally diverse workplaces, indicating that they like working with people from other cultures, according to a survey by Randstad: 81

Percentage of U.S. employees who also feel that it's good their employers hire foreign workers, provided the role can't be filled by candidates from the domestic talent pool: 66

Source: Randstad.

Percentage of U.S. adults with a net worth of $100,000 or more who have credit card debt, vs. 40% of adults with net worths below $100,000, according to a survey by 46

Percentage of those with a net worth between $100,000 and $199,999 who carry credit card debt, vs. 42% of all Americans: 57

Percentage of U.S. adults worth more than $1 million who are likely to carry credit card debt: 21


Percentage of parents and students who reported that their high school promotes trade school education as a potential path following graduation, according to a survey commissioned by StrataTech Education Group: 32

Percentage of the students who said they have considered attending a trade school: 51

When asked to select attributes that are important to them in a career, percentage of respondents who selected stability and quality of life: 69

When asked about what is most important, percentage who chose quality of life, vs. 20% who chose stability: 26

Source: StrataTech Education Group.

Idle Thought

"If I could, I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results." -- Emily Bronte, novelist

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