Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For May 01, 2020

Percentage of Americans who have canceled their summer travel plans for this year, leading to more distress for the travel industry, according to a survey by ValuePenguin.com: 48

Percentage who also said they would wait a full year before traveling again: 17

Source: ValuePenguin.com.

Percentage of Americans who say they have enjoyed staying in pajamas and/or stretchy pants all day during the shut down, according to an Ipsos North America Omnibus survey: 33

Percentage who enjoyed just the sense of the world slowing down: 32

Percentage who enjoyed exercising/meditating/improving health: 19

Source: Ipsos Reid Omnibus Services.

Estimated number of Americans who are less than three months away from running out of money, according to a survey by Wallethub: 160 million

Estimated percentage of respondents who don't think people's unemployment income should be more than their previous income: 56

Percentage more likely that millennials are than baby boomers to think that stimulus checks should only be given to people experiencing income loss: 25

Source: WalletHub.

Although a majority of consumers believe a return to "normal" life is 17 weeks away, percentage who are predicting it's anywhere from five months to two years, according to findings from a Fleishman-Hillard consumer study conducted in the United States, China, Germany, Italy, South Korea and United Kingdom: 20

Percentage who report the pandemic has changed the products and services they once thought were important, a phenomenon even more widespread in China (86%) and Italy (73%): 68

Source: Fleishman-Hillard.

Percentage of Americans who don't have enough money saved to cover COVID-19 medical costs, according to a Healthinsurance.com survey: 52

Percentage who would think twice about seeking medical care right now because of cost: 46

Source: Healthinsurance.com.

Percentage of shoppers who said it's extremely or very likely that their grocery habits will return to normal once the pandemic is over, according to COVID-19 grocery shopper research from Acosta: 68

Percentage of shoppers who said it's extremely or very likely that they will eat at home more than they used to for a while: 56

Source: Acosta.

Percentage of Americans who perceive cycling as a safer mode of transportation vs. public transportation while social distancing, according to a Trek Bicycle survey: 85

If Americans must travel within five miles during COVID-19, percentage who included biking in their top three primary modes of transportation: 90

Percentage of Americans who are riding bikes to replace public transportation: 14

Source: Trek Bicycle Corp.

Approximate number of Americans who filed new claims for jobless benefits last week -- meaning the total number of new claims has topped 30 million over six weeks, according to research by MarketWatch: 3.8 million

Rank of new unemployment claims on the list of the most important indicators of the economic destruction caused by the coronavirus pandemic: 1

Source: MarketWatch.

Percentage of consumers who are interested in using gift cards and e-gifts for charity or kindness during this crisis, such as contributing to a gift card for a person or family in need, according to research by Blackhawk: 88

Source: Blackhawk Network.

Percentage of employees who feel they are less productive working from home than when they worked from the office, according to a study by VitalSmarts: 33

Ranks of not connecting with colleagues, available technology and too many distractions on the list of challenges that contribute to employees feeling less productive: 1, 2, 3

Source: VitalSmarts.

Idle Thought

"Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion." -- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, philosopher

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