Percentage of Americans who see a secure job as a requirement to be considered as part of the middle class, according to a Pew Research Center survey: 89
Percentage who said the ability to save money is essential: 86
Percentage who considered having the time/money for a vacation is a requirement: 45
Source: Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends.
Percentage of Americans who say that lying to one's spouse or partner about forgetting an anniversary is sometimes OK, according to a poll by Ipsos: 33
Percentage who say lying about an affair is sometimes or often OK: 14
When it comes to the big stuff, percentage of men, compared to 92 percent of women, who find lying to one's spouse or partner to be never OK: 81
Percentage of men who admit they may have told a lie in the last week: 32
Percentage of women who say that they also may have told a lie in the last week: 23
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Percentage of adults who report money as the No. 1 source of significant stress, according to an online Harris Poll for the American Psychological Association: 67
Ranks of work and family responsibilities: 2, 3
Source: American Psychological Association.
Percentage of advertising and marketing executives who rated previous experience as the most important factor when hiring entry-level creative talent, according to research from The Creative Group: 34
Percentage who rated interview performance as the most important factor: 28
Percentage who rated resume as the most important factor: 22
Source: The Creative Group.
Percentage of people who say they appreciate unexpected kindness from strangers even more than when friends and family do the same, according to a survey by Skout: 62
Ranks of leaving a more than generous tip for your waitress, paying it "backward" at a coffee shop or drive-thru, and hugging a friend when they least expect it on the list of the 10 most meaningful random acts of kindness, according to how meaningful they are: 1, 2, 3
Amount of money in $100 bills (and even more in smaller bills) that the United States flew to Iraq during the period from the invasion in 2003 to the government handover in 2004, according to research by Convergex: $12 billion
Total weight of the shipments, moved directly from the New York Federal Reserve to JFK Airport and then by cargo planes to Iraq: 363 tons
Amount of money that a 5-inch Halliburton aluminum briefcase will carry in $100 bills, weighing a very comfortable 22 pounds without the requisite courier handcuff: $1 million
Year that the first green jacket was presented to the Masters champion, according to Wallet Hub: 1949
Cost of producing each green jacket: $250
Price paid for Horton Smith's green jacket, sold at auction in September 2013: $682,000
Percentage of Gen Xers who are highly confident they will have enough money to support themselves through retirement, according to a report from the Insured Retirement Institute: 24
Percentage of Gen Xers who have not tried to determine how much they need to save for retirement: 58
Percent who plan to keep working until at least age 70: 24
Source: Insured Retirement Institute.
Between 2007 and 2015, percentage of growth in the number of pet owners in the United States for which millennials (those aged between 20 and 35) were responsible, according to information from Packaged Facts: 43
Total amount that millennial pet owners spent on their pets in 2014: $10.6 billion
Percentage of all pet owners who are millennial pet owners: 31
Source: Packaged Facts.
Despite it being roughly six months since the Oct. 1 deadline for U.S. merchants to upgrade their payment terminals as part of the country's shift to smart-chip credit cards, percentage of retailers who have not updated the terminals in any of their stores, according to research from CardHub: 42
Percentage of retailers who have experienced data breaches in the past five years who have not updated their point of sale terminals: 43
Percentage of people who don't care if a retailer's payment terminal is chip-enabled: 56
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