Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For February 21, 2020

Percentage of job applicants who lie on their resumes, interviews and during reference checks, according to a survey of applicants, hiring managers, HR professionals and recruiters by Checkster: 78

Percentage of hiring managers who are willing to accept these lapses in ethics: 66

Percentage of applicants who have claimed mastery in skills of which they had only basic knowledge: 60

Percentage who reported working at some jobs longer in order to omit an employer: 50

Source: Checkster.

Amount average Americans spend on dating each year, according to a LendingTree study: $696.98

Average cost of a first date: $77

Percentage of respondents who go on fewer than three dates per month: 81

Percentage who think dating would be easier if they had more money: 51

Source: Lending Tree.

Percentage of modern couples who share fiscal responsibility with their partners, according to a survey by Varo Money Inc.: 77

Percentage who maintain separate bank accounts from their partner: 45

Among those who have joint bank accounts, percentage who also keep a separate personal account: 23

Source: Varo Money.

Percentage of Americans who admit to having made mistakes with their finances over the past 10 years, according to a survey from, a LendingTree company: 85

Percentage who said that their worst financial mistake of the last decade was racking up credit card debt: 23

Ranks of not saving enough for retirement (16%), spending beyond their means (16%) and paying bills late (8%) on the list of their worst mistakes: 2 (tie), 4

Source: LendingTree.

Percentage of Americans who reported that the top deterrent to working remotely are not having adequate technology, according to a survey by Robert Half: 39

Percentage who said it's decreased productivity due to distractions: 38

Source: Robert Half.

Percentage of Americans who routinely argue over the temperature in their homes, with 64% admitting to underhandedly changing the temperature to suit their own comfort instead of their partner's, according to a survey by Vivint Solar: 75

Percentage of respondents who reported that their comfort with the temperature in their home was more important than their partner's or children's: 37

Source: Vivint Solar.

Percentage of men who feel they share equally in the household chore responsibilities, according to "The Happiness Index: Love and Relationships in America," a report commissioned by eharmony: 50

Percentage of men who believe it's important that they and their partner spend the rest of their lives together: 73

Source: eharmony.

Estimated retail sales of cannabis products in 2019 -- up 24% from 2018: $14.4 billion

Source: Packaged Facts.

Percentage of Americans who rate their overall health and wellness as good or excellent, according to a poll done on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association: 71

Percentage of those with a household income of less than $50,000 who said the same: 60

Percentage of those with a household income of $100,000 or more who said the same: 81

Source: American Osteopathic Association.

Percentage of Americans who disapprove of how the government spends their tax dollars, according to a GOBankingRates survey: 82

Percentage who believe they are overtaxed: 51

Ranks of Social Security, Medicare and education among the programs that Americans believe should be the top government spending priorities: 1 (tie)


Idle Thought

"No amount of belief makes something a fact." -- James Randi, magician and skeptic

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