Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For June 12, 2020

Percentage of Americans who will celebrate Father's Day, according to a study by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Analytics: 75

Percentage who will celebrate it virtually: 58

Source: NRF.

While Americans consistently rank health care as the nation's top concern, percentage who designate the cost of accessing treatment among the biggest problems facing the health care system, according to a survey by Ipsos: 64

Rank of bureaucracy, access to treatment/long waiting lines, lack of investment in preventative health and poor-quality treatment on the list of the biggest problems facing the health care system: 2, 3, 4, 5

Percentage of Americans who agree that many people in the U.S. cannot afford good health care, compared to an average of 59% of men and women globally: 75

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of children under the age of 15 who live in married-couple families and have a stay-at-home mother, compared to only 1% who have a stay-at-home father, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 27

Percentage of young adults ages 18 to 24 who live in the parental home, compared to 16% of young adults ages 25 to 34: 54

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Ranks of how-to videos and product reviews on the list of the most popular subjects of online videos, according to a survey by YouGov: 1, 2

Percentage of consumers who said they "often" or "almost always" search for a product online or offline after seeing it on a vlog: 44

Source: YouGov.

Average projected age at which Americans expect to be free of credit card debt, according to a study from CreditCards.com: 53

Percentage who believe that paying substantially more than the minimum monthly payment is the best strategy to mitigate debt: 69

Percentage who said they would take advantage of a balance transfer card: 15

Source: Bankrate Inc.

Percentage of women across all experience levels and across all ethnic/racial groups who say the No. 1 incentive to take risks is the opportunity to make more money, according to a study of professional women by KPMG LLP: 40

Percentage who say they're confident about asking for a higher salary: 35

Source: KPMG LLP.

Percentage of 13- to 17-year-olds who believe that the U.S. government or banks should forgive the $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, according to a survey for Junior Achievement: 51

Percentage who said student loan debt should not be forgiven: 20

Percentage who said they "Don't Know" or are "Not Sure": 29

Source: Junior Achievement.

Percentage of employees who believe their value at a company is reflected by the gifts they receive, according to a Snappy Gifts survey: 45

Of those who have received an employer gift, percentage who have regifted or thrown it out: 40

Percentage of respondents who would rather provide input into the corporate gift they receive: 70

Source: Snappy.

Projected overall spending for Fathers' Day, according to the National Retail Federation's annual survey: $17 billion

Average expected spending per papa: $148.15

Source: NRF.

Idle Thought

"Truth never damages a cause that is just." -- Mohandas Gandhi

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