Percentage of Americans who say large banks and financial institutions have benefited the most from post-recession government policies, according to a Harris Poll: 69
Percentage of respondents who say wealthy people have been helped most: 59
Percentage who say government policies have done little or nothing to help the middle class: 71
Source: Harris Interactive.
Percentage of global respondents who admit they say things in text/email that they would not say voice-to-voice or person-to-person, according to a poll conducted among adults in 25 countries by Ipsos OTX: 43
Percentage of respondents under the age of 35 who are considerably more likely, compared to those aged 35 to 49 (41 percent) and those 50 to 64 (26 percent), to text/email things they won't say out loud: 54
Source: Ipsos Open Thinking.
Ranks of hard work (64 percent), experience (58 percent) and education (57 percent) on the list of factors that 20-somethings believe did or will help get that elusive, preferred job, according to a survey by the PNC Financial Services Group: 1, 2, 3
Source: Source: PNC Wealth Management.
Percentage of men and women who simply want their sex lives to be more playful and fun, according to a poll conducted for We-Vibe: 59
Percentage of marketing executives at major retailers who will launch their holiday campaigns before Halloween, according to a survey from Experian: 49
Percentage of respondents who will offer a deal of the day: 28
Source: Experian Marketing Services.
Despite a recovery that economists say began in mid-2009, percentage of Americans who feel less financially secure now than they did five years ago, according to the Country Financial Security Index survey: 54
Rank of "a hit to savings" on the list of the biggest scars felt by Americans as a result of the Great Recession: 1
Source: Country Financial.
Percentage of Americans who describe their current employment situation as under- or unemployed, according to Mintel research: 31
Among those who are underemployed, percentage who have had to take a position at a lower skill level: 34
Estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2012 -- children age 5 to 14 -- across the U.S., according to U.S. Census Bureau 2012 Population Estimates: 41.1 million
Number of occupied housing units across the nation in second quarter 2013 -- all potential stops for trick-or-treaters: 115 million
Percentage of households with residents who consider their neighborhoods safe: 93.3
Source: Census Bureau.
Percentage of all women across all age groups and geographies (urban, suburban, rural) who feel the most negative about their beauty on Mondays, according to a study from media planning agency PHD revealing the dates, times and occasions when U.S. women feel their least attractive, according to PHD Media: 46
Rank of Thursday as the day when women feel best; the workweek is winding down and they are emotionally preparing for weekend socializing: 1
Source: PHD Media.
Percentage of consumers who agree that it is important to eat healthy and pay attention to nutrition, up from 57 percent just three years ago, according to a survey by Technomic: 64
Percentage of consumers who agree that restaurants can offer healthy food without sacrificing taste: 65
Percentage of consumers who believe that fresh foods are healthier: 87
"To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting." -- Edmund Burke, statesman and writer
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