Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For August 28, 2020

Percentage of Americans who replied "definitely yes" or "yes" to the question, "Do you think high school students should take personal finance courses in high school?" according to research conducted by the National Financial Educators Council: 84.5

Source: National Financial Educators Council.

Percentage of Americans who now say they wear a mask at all times when they leave home, according to the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index: 63

Percentage who say they wear one at least some of the time: 88

Percentage who say their own behavior is making the pandemic better: 81

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of professionals who said it's appropriate to discuss politics with colleagues, according to research from global staffing firm Robert Half: 22

Percentage who noted it's never OK: 26

Percentage of respondents who stated it depends on the situation: 53

Source: Robert Half.

Percentage of university students who dislike virtual learning environments necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey of university students across North America, South America and Europe by the Three Amigos, a group of three university professors and four students: 65

After the conversion to a virtual educational environment, percentage of students who reported lower overall performance and outcomes: 79

Percentage who reported lower test results: 59

When asked about what could be improved in virtual teaching, percentage of students who wanted more personal interaction with professors and fellow students -- sharing ideas, knowledge, opinions, points of view and experiences: 75

Source: Three Amigos.

Estimated number of states that do not mandate face coverings in public, according to Clutch's 2020 Return to Work Survey: 15

As offices reopen, percentage of U.S companies that say masks will be part of the employee dress code: 60

Percentage of companies actively creating guidelines and making changes to prepare their office space for their staff's return: 91 

Source: Clutch.

Percentage of renters who say they would rent an apartment without ever seeing the property in person if a 3D virtual tour was offered, according to a survey conducted by Zumper and Matterport: 72

Percentage of property owners who have advertised with a 3D walkthrough who were able to rent their property entirely virtually: 82

Percentage who say that potential renters would be more interested in a listing that offered a 3D virtual tour over one that didn't: 90

Source: Zumper.

For students returning to the classroom, percentage of parents who plan to use their car to take their children to school, according to a survey by 55

Percentage increase in the number of parents who are planning to carpool with other families: 22

Percentage of parents who will have their kids take the school bus, a 31% drop compared to pre-pandemic estimates: 30


Percentage of K-12 educators who consider their job at least somewhat risky in terms of potential exposure to people who may have COVID-19, according to a poll by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence: 72

Percentage who say the risks they are taking working during the pandemic are not on par with their compensation: 26

Source: Center for State and Local Government Excellence.

Percentage of parents who felt very prepared to become a parent, according to research by Boudreaux's Butt Paste: 12

Percentage who revealed that their baby has a more expensive personal care routine than they do: 56

Even with feeling unprepared -- and having a handful of "hiccups" per week -- percentage of parents who said they excel in teaching their children to be kind and compassionate: 66

Source: Boudreaux's Butt Paste.

Idle Thought

"I dreamt that my hair was kempt. Then I dreamt that my true love unkempt it." -- Ogden Nash, poet

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