Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For July 10, 2020

Percentage of American small business owners who say they are fearful of reclosing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, up from 17% in May, according to a survey by Alignable: 41

Percentage of PPP loan recipients who say they're almost out of money: 43

Percentage of small businesses that never got federal funding that say their cash reserves could be gone by the end of July: 69

Source: Alignable.

Percentage of people age 50 and older who have been contacted by a government impostor, according to a survey by AARP: 45

Of the 2 in 5 U.S. adults who are using dating websites, percentage who encountered one of the "red flags" of romance fraud, including requests for money: 50

Percentage of survey respondents who failed a 10-question fraud safety quiz: 55

Source: AARP.

Percentage of professionals who say their organizations have revised their travel policies, according to a survey from VitalSmarts: 43

Percentage who report having more online meetings: 33

Percentage who have a new plan for video-based meetings and sales calls: 17

Source: VitalSmarts.

Percentage of respondents who agree that they never learned the majority of their day-to-day job duties in school, according to a survey conducted by The Harris Poll and commissioned by Express Employment Professionals: 77

Source: Express Employment Professionals.

Percentage of consumers who are "certain" that they understand how the coronavirus spreads, according to Colling Media: 48

Percentage who say they are closely following news about the coronavirus: 74

Source: Colling Media.

Percentage of individual donors who say they plan to give money to small business (directly or via crowdfunding), according to research from BBB's Give.org: 24

Percentage who say they will look for ways to help unemployed individuals directly: 25

Source: BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

Percentage of U.S. adults with unused gift cards or store credits who have held onto at least one credit for more than a year, according to a Bankrate.com survey: 57

Percentage who have allowed a gift card to expire at some point: 25

Percentage who have regifted a gift card: 23

Source: Bankrate.com.

Percentage of U.S. residents who work remotely more frequently after moving to a new metro area, according to a new survey conducted by Redfin: 25

Percentage who work remotely sometimes or always after their move, compared with just 44% who worked remotely before the move: 52

Source: Redfin.

Percentage of people who incorrectly believe paper towels, receipts and aluminum foil can be recycled, according to research commissioned by ecoATM Gazelle: 36

Percentage who think to-go coffee cups can be, too: 31

According to the research, percentage of people who were unaware devices such as laptops, cellphones and tablets could be recycled: 57

Source: ecoATM Gazelle.

Idle Thought

"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, poet

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