When asked if they tend to prepare for things or improvise as needed, percentage of U.S. adult women who said they prepare, according to data from YouGov: 74
Percentage of their male counterparts who agreed: 60
Percentage of women who have more respect for a person who prepares for a job interview than someone able to improvise her way through one: 60
When asked to recall their time at school, percentage of women who said they always studied before a test or exam, compared to just 26 percent of men: 43
Rank in the world of American schoolchildren on international tests, according to American Federation for Children: 17
Rate at which a student drops out of high school: every 42 seconds
Percentage of fourth-graders who are proficient in reading: 36
Percentage who are proficient in math: 40
Percentage of 12th-graders who are proficient in reading: 37
Percentage who are proficient in math: 25
Amount that families spend annually on remedial coursework: $1.3 billion
Source: American Federation for Children.
Percentage of Americans who consider themselves "entrepreneurs," according to a study by Ipsos for Entrepreneur magazine's November issue: 22
Percentage of men who consider themselves entrepreneurial: 29
Percentage of women who consider themselves entrepreneurial: 16
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Percentage of managers who say their company is very supportive of its employees' efforts to achieve work-life balance, according to a survey by OfficeTeam: 64
Percentage of employees who agree that their company is supportive of work-life balance: 34
After Donald Trump's surprise defeat of Hillary Clinton, percentage of Americans who say they accept Trump as the legitimate president, according to a Gallup poll: 84
Among Clinton voters, percentage who accept Trump: 76
Source: Gallup Organization.
Percentage more likely that students with a grade point average above 3.0 who lose $1,000 to $1,500 in financial aid are to drop out of school than their peers who have little or no change in aid, according to an analysis released by the Education Advisory Board: 2.5
Percentage more likely that students who lose $10,000 in aid are to drop out than their peers: 19
Average amount that consumers expect to spend this holiday season, according to WalletHub: $935
Estimated amount of annual consumer credit card debt acquired in 2016: $80 billion
Percentage of U.S. adults who believe in God (up from 74 percent in 2013), according to results of a Harris poll: 76
Percentage of U.S. teens who believe in God (down from 80 percent in 2013): 77
Percentage of Americans who believe in the devil (59 percent teens, 58 percent adults): 58.5
Source: The Harris Poll.
Percentage of Americans who said children should begin receiving money for chores completed, allowance or "free" financial support between the ages of 8 and 10, according to the Country Financial Security Index: 38
Looking beyond chores, percentage of parents who said they bought their child a gift to reward them for good behavior: 61
Percentage who said they gave their child money for good grades: 47
Source: Country Financial.
Percentage of attorneys who cited an increase in divorce cases among couples more than 50 years of age, according to a recent survey of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: 64
Ranks of alimony, retirement accounts and pensions, and business interests on the list of the top three items most commonly fought over during these cases: 1, 2, 3
Source: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Year that Edward Brooke became the nation's first African-American to win election to the U.S. Senate by popular vote, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1966
Since his defeat in a bid for a third term in 1978, number of blacks the chamber has seated, one of whom cut his term short to become president: 6
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
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