Percentage of American workers who say their take-home pay is less today than it was a few years ago, according to Mintel research: 17
Percentage of all respondents who say it's dangerous to go into debt: 69
Percentage of all respondents who say it is important to make sacrifices in order to pay off debt: 81
Percentage of Americans who say a college degree is beneficial but not essential to succeeding later in life, according to global research company YouGov: 54
Percentage who say a degree is not essential to a successful career: 12
Percentage who say a college education is essential to have a successful career: 20
Percentage of global respondents who would rather wait for something to catch on before they try it, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos OTX: 37
Ranks of Italy (63 percent), Turkey (57 percent), Indonesia (55 percent), India (52 percent) and Japan (52 percent) on the list of countries where citizens are most hesitant to try something before it catches on: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Rank of the United States (48 percent) on the list: 7
Source: Ipsos Open Thinking.
Percentage of Americans who report they will get a head start on holiday purchases this season, according to trending searches and user polls by Ask.com: 30
Percentage of consumers who will avoid crowds by hitting the stores before Black Friday, traditionally considered the official start of the holiday shopping season: 40
Rank of Baltimore Ravens fans on the list of the most superstitious fans in the NFL, according to the Bud Light NFL Fans Superstition Survey: 1
Percentage of Raiders fans who are likely to wear the same article of clothing on game day to boost team performance: 51
Percentage of Carolina Panthers fans who are likely to have a relationship end due to their game-day superstitions (four times the NFL fan average of 2 percent): 8
Source: Bud Light.
When asked what the most important business goals are in driving their organization's efforts around marketing and sales alignment, percentage of sales and marketing professionals who cited "increase top-line revenue," according to findings from Aberdeen Research for Corporate Visions: 68
Percentage who said "increase quality of leads provided by marketing and sales": 45
Percentage who cited "improve ability to differentiate from the competition; better articulate value proposition": 40
Source: Corporate Visions Inc.
Percentage of Americans who felt that bacon was the foodstuff most worth the mess and ensuing cleanup, according to a survey by the Clorox Co.: 18
Ranks of bacon and hot dogs (25 percent) on the list of the top foods professional eaters would choose to eat in competitions: 1, 2
Source: Clorox Co.
Year that one of the nation's enduring symbols, the Statue of Liberty -- a gift from France (the statue's full name is "Liberty Enlightening the World") and the work of sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi -- was dedicated on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1886
Estimated number of immigrants whose first glimpse of America was the Statue of Liberty: 20 million
Year of the greatest influx, when some 15 percent of the U.S. population was foreign-born: 1910
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of Americans who think it's likely that the world will experience a major catastrophe, according to the results of a survey gauging the nation's preparedness for impending disasters and timed to the premiere of "American Blackout," a two-hour movie that imagines such a disaster: 88
Percentage of these folks who believe it will occur less than a year from now: 32
Percentage of Americans who believe the U.S. is likely to be hit by a catastrophic cyber attack during their lifetime: 77
Source: National Geographic.
Percentage of U.S. companies that plan to pursue an acquisition in the next 12 months, according to Ernst & Young's Capital Confidence Barometer: 41
Of the 1,600 companies surveyed worldwide, percentage of U.S. executives who expect U.S. deal volumes to improve: 52
Percentage who expect to see the U.S. economy improving: 48
Percentage who are upbeat about the number of acquisition opportunities, up from 40 percent a year ago: 67
Source: Ernst & Young LLP.
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