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U.S. Workers Discovering Affinity for Remote Work
Three in five U.S. workers who have been doing their jobs from home during the coronavirus pandemic would prefer to continue to work remotely as much as possible, once public health restrictions are lifted. In contrast, 41% would prefer to return to their workplace or office to work, as they did before the crisis.
america  covid-19  coronavirus 
4 days ago by JohnDrake
Niko J. Kallianiotis captures Pennsylvania and the faded American dream
The images capture daily, humdrum life in the state, with lush green trees being offset by the grey and red industrial buildings that share the landscape. While there are a few characters appearing in shot, like a topless man sunbathing on his porch and a woman in an all-green outfit waiting at a bus stop, it was a semi-conscious decision to keep the images relatively crowd free. “Most of the locations were desolate and therefore naturally represented the loneliness and alienation,” says Kallianiotis. When people do appear, it’s mostly from afar which offers a change of pace in the series and also heightens that sense of distance.
creativity  america  photography 
8 days ago by JohnDrake
Six Emerging Conclusions: Public Opinion and COVID-19
So far, concern and worry about the virus are in what I would call a mid-level range. Our latest Gallup update shows that 24% of Americans are very worried that they or someone in their family will be exposed to the coronavirus, with another 39% somewhat worried. Notably, this didn't change much between Gallup's two March readings, and despite the exponential increase of U.S. cases since last month, is up only modestly from February.
coronavirus  america  covid-19 
11 days ago by JohnDrake
For Small Businesses: Cash is King
Following are the key findings from JP Morgan's report on cash flow for small businesses.

Finding One: The median small business has average daily cash outflows of $374 and average daily cash inflows of $381, with wide variation across and within industries.

Finding Two: The median small business holds an average daily cash balance of $12,100, with wide variation across and within industries.

Finding Three: The median small business holds 27 cash buffer days in reserve.

Summary w/in US
Small businesses are the lifeblood of many communities and a critical driver of production, employment, and economic growth. They account for 99 percent of all business establishments in the United States, employ 48 percent of all US workers, are responsible for over 41 percent of net job creation, account for 45 percent of GDP, and produce 34 percent of all US exports.
america  smallbusiness  covid-19  coronavirus  economy 
21 days ago by JohnDrake
Americans See Coronavirus as a Threat to the Economy, but not Their Daily Lives | Ipsos
While a majority report that they plan to wash their hands more frequently (59%), just a quarter say that they plan to stop attending social events, and less than one in five plan to cancel a personal trip (17%). Three in ten Americans report no plans to take preventative measures against the outbreak (30%).
Half say they would not travel on a plane right now, compared to 44% who would. That number is even higher among Americans over age 55 (58% would not travel by plane). Americans are evenly split on whether they would take public transportation (45% agree they would, 47% would not). Only one in five are willing to go on a cruise right now (22%). In terms of a government response, a large majority of Americans want to see the COVID-19 test made widely available (87%), and three-quarters want the government to impose mandatory quarantines for people returning from high risk countries (77%) and temporarily stop immigration from high risk countries (76%). There is an even divide on whether all large-scale events, such as sporting events and music festivals, should be canceled (39% yes, 39% no).
coronavirus  ipsos  covid-19  america 
24 days ago by JohnDrake
Your zip code can affect your whole life, says this thought-provoking YMCA campaign | Ad Age
Directed by L.A.-based director Spencer Creigh for Droga5, the film contrasts a vast array neighborhoods which are starkly different, yet differ by just one digit -- for example within Los Angeles there is affluent Beverly Hills (90210) and poorer Compton (90220.) The montage contrasts lifestyles, the kind of school you might go to, whether the life is urban or rural, the different dreams and the different problems that you might have. "In America, the zip code you're born in could determine your future," explains the voiceover. It goes to explain that the Y is there to help kids from all backgrounds and to make a difference to their futures.
ymca  creative_executions_Film  america  affluent  brand_y  education  droga5 
28 days ago by JohnDrake
Gen Z & Millennials Want Brands To Support Causes—Here Are the 10 They’re Most Passionate About – YPulse
Gen z:
1 climate change
2 gun control
3 human rights
4 gender equality
5 animal welfare
6 child labor
7 racial discrimination
8 bullying
9 lgbtq
10 abortion

Gen Y;
1 Civil rights
2. Abortion
3. Human rights
4. animal welfare
5 bullying
6 child labor
7 gun control
8 environment
9 climate change
10 arts
GenY  genz  america  youth  teens 
4 weeks ago by JohnDrake
My Trip to Vietnam, Singapore, and Qatar
But the main observation I came home with after this trip is this: America is a rich country that feels like a poor country. If you look at the investment in and the care put into infrastructure, common areas, and the experience of being in public in places like Singapore, Amsterdam, Paris, and Berlin and compare it to American cities, the difference is quite stark. Individual wealth in America is valued over collective wealth and it shows.
kottke  america  global  travel 
5 weeks ago by JohnDrake
Satisfaction With U.S. Position in World Highest Since 2003
Americans are more satisfied with the position of the U.S. in the world today than they have been since February 2003. The eight-percentage-point increase in this measure since last year is owed mostly to Republicans, among whom 85% are satisfied, up from 74%. Independents' satisfaction edged up to 48% since 2019, and Democrats' satisfaction plateaued at 19%.
america  politics  election_2020  global 
5 weeks ago by JohnDrake
The unpredictable economics of pawn shops
According to the National Pawnbrokers Association, 7.4% of all US households have frequented a pawn shop. This figure jumps up to 40% among lower-income earners, who often don’t have enough cash on hand to cover a $400 emergency expense.

The average pawn shop loan is just $150 — but even a small loan can rack up considerable interest fees for someone in financial straits.

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finance  poverty  america  economics  pawn-shop  economy 
7 weeks ago by JohnDrake
What Percentage of Americans Are Recent Crime Victims?
Each year since 2017, 15% of U.S. adults have indicated they were victimized by crime in the past year. A subset of that, between 1% and 3%, have reported being the victim of a violent crime.
america  crime  fear 
7 weeks ago by JohnDrake
Socialism and Atheism Still U.S. Political Liabilities
More than nine in 10 Americans say they would vote for a presidential candidate nominated by their party who happened to be black, Catholic, Hispanic, Jewish or a woman. Such willingness drops to eight in 10 for candidates who are evangelical Christians or are gays or lesbians. Between six and seven in 10 would vote for someone who is under 40 years of age, over 70, a Muslim or an atheist.

Just one group tested -- socialists -- receives majority opposition. Less than half of Americans, 45%, say they would vote for a socialist for president, while 53% say they would not.
government  america  election_2020 
8 weeks ago by JohnDrake
James Carville is “scared to death” about whether Sanders and others can beat Trump - Vox
Eighteen percent of the country elects more than half of our senators. That’s the deal, fair or not.
election_2020  government  america 
8 weeks ago by JohnDrake
New High of 90% of Americans Satisfied With Personal Life
Nine in 10 Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in their personal life, a new high in Gallup's four-decade trend. The latest figure bests the previous high of 88% recorded in 2003.
america 
8 weeks ago by JohnDrake
Women Still Handle Main Household Tasks in U.S.
As working women and mothers continue to struggle for equal treatment at work, they are more likely than men to fulfill many core housekeeping tasks at home. Yet, there are some signs that women's roles, particularly those whose salaries match or exceed their husband's, are more equitable.
women  america 
9 weeks ago by JohnDrake
In U.S., Library Visits Outpaced Trips to Movies in 2019
. The average 10.5 trips to the library U.S. adults report taking in 2019 exceeds their participation in eight other common leisure activities.

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Men and woman report doing most activities at about the same rate, but there are a few key differences:

Women report visiting the library nearly twice as frequently as men do, 13.4 to 7.5 visits.

Men are more likely than women to visit casinos, attend sporting events and visit national or historical parks.
library  america  books  women 
10 weeks ago by JohnDrake
State of Credit 2019: Rounding Out the Decade - Experian Insights
The average American credit score is 682, an eight-year high.

“We are seeing a promising trend in terms of how Americans are managing their credit as we head into a new decade with average credit scores increasing two points since 2018 to 682 – the highest we’ve seen since 2011,”

Average number of credit cards 3.06
Average credit card balances $6,354
Average number of retail credit cards 2.48
Average retail credit card balances $1,841
Average nonmortgage debt[3] $24,706
Average mortgage debt $201,811
america  finance  banking 
10 weeks ago by JohnDrake
How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization
Eventually, the Friends audience — roughly 52.5 million people — turned on Ross. But the characters of the show were pitted against him from the beginning (consider episode 1, when Joey says of Ross: “This guy says hello, I wanna kill myself.”) In fact, any time Ross would say anything — about his interests, his studies, his ideas — whenever he was mid-sentence, one of his “friends” was sure to groan and say how boring Ross was, how stupid it is to be smart, and that nobody cares. Cue the laughter of the live studio audience. This gag went on, pretty much every episode, for 10 seasons. Can you blame Ross for going crazy?

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The show ended in 2004 the year that Facebook began, the year that George W. Bush was re-elected to a second term, the year that reality television became a dominant force in pop culture, with American Idol starting an eight-year reign of terror as the No. 1 show in the U.S., the same year that Paris Hilton started her own “lifestyle brand” and released an autobiography. And Joey Tribbiani got a spin-off TV show. The year 2004 was when we completely gave up and embraced stupidity as a value. Just ask Green Day; their album American Idiot was released in 2004, and it won the Grammy for Best Rock Album. You can’t get more timely. The rejection of Ross marked the moment when much of America groaned, mid-sentence, at the voice of reason.
america  tv  entertainment 
12 weeks ago by JohnDrake
The legal age to buy tobacco is now 21. Here's what that means in Washington state.
About 13.7% of American adults ages 18 and up smoked cigarettes in 2018, compared to 7.8% of 18 to 24-year-olds, the Centers for Disease
washington  seattle  smoking  america 
december 2019 by JohnDrake
Government Ranks as Top U.S. Problem for Third Year
The 27% of Americans who name the government as the top challenge this year exceeds the average of 22% in 2018 and is the highest annual average for the problem in Gallup records.
america  gallup 
december 2019 by JohnDrake
US consumer sentiment survey 2019: Consumers are ready to spend--but wisely | McKinsey
US results show that feelings of financial pressure are at their lowest levels since the recession, and few consumers cut back on spending. Only 39 percent of consumers feel financial pressure today, compared with 77 percent in 2009; just 27 percent are cutting back on spending today, versus 63 percent during the recession (Exhibit 1).

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et another continuing trend is consumers’ increasing preference for healthier products (Exhibit 4). This trend is especially strong among top-tier consumers (households earning more than $100,000 annually): 20 percent of them report buying more natural or organic products in the past 12 months, and 15 percent report buying more locally sourced products in that time period.

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First, distrust of big-name brands influences consumers’ shopping behavior: 70 percent of respondents believe that large food companies put their own financial interests ahead of consumers’ interests, while only 46 percent believe this to be true of smaller food companies. This belief will continue to fuel sales growth at small companies, which consumers perceive to be more attuned to trends and consumer needs.
america  project_m  health  consumerbehavior  holidayshopping19  mckinsey 
december 2019 by JohnDrake
More Americans Celebrating a Secular Christmas
A December Gallup poll shows that the percentage describing their Christmas celebrations as "strongly religious" has dropped to 35%, down from about half in Gallup's prior measures in 2005 and 2010. Conversely, among those who celebrate Christmas, 26% say their celebrations are "not too religious." This represents an increase of 10 percentage points over the past decade -- and mirrors the percentage of Americans who say religion is "not very important" in their life.
america  holidayshopping19 
december 2019 by JohnDrake
43% of U.S. Households Report Preexisting Conditions
About one in four Americans (24%) report that they personally (15%) or they and a member of their household (9%) "have a long-term medical condition, illness or disease that would be considered a 'preexisting' condition by a health insurance company." Factoring in the additional 19% who say another family member has such an illness or disease, the total percentage of U.S. households in which at least one member reports having a preexisting condition is 43%.
healthcare  america 
december 2019 by JohnDrake
How the gender-neutral "y'all" could replace "you guys" — Quartz
Again, it’s all speculation. But at least it’s clear that “y’all” is in a solid place at the right moment in history to make “you guys” vanish. It just needs y’all to engage.
america  popculture 
november 2019 by JohnDrake
More Americans Say They Weigh 200 Lbs. or More This Decade
As the second decade of the 21st century ends, a look back at 2010-2019 finds that more Americans have said they weigh at least 200 pounds than did so from 2001-2009. An average of 28% of Americans said they weighed 200 pounds or more from 2010-2019, up from 24% during the prior decade. Accordingly, Americans' average self-reported weight has also risen, to 178 pounds -- up from 174 pounds during the previous decade, with similar increases among men (4 pounds) and women (3 pounds).

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Even as Americans' weight has been increasing, fewer describe themselves as being "very" or "somewhat overweight." Thirty-eight percent of Americans, on average, have said they are very or somewhat overweight this decade, compared with 41% in the previous decade. At the same time, the average percentage of Americans who say their weight is "about right" has increased to 56% from 53%.
healthcare  america  health 
november 2019 by JohnDrake
Christmas Spending Intentions Remain Strong
Americans estimate they will spend $846 on Christmas gifts
Up more than $50 from a year ago, and one of highest in Gallup's trend
holidayshopping19  america 
november 2019 by JohnDrake
How Many Americans Believe in God?
Though a 2018 Gallup poll found that U.S. church membership has reached an all-time low of 50%, and one in five Americans does not identify with any religion, most of the country still expresses belief in God. Exactly how large that majority is, however, depends on how nuanced the response options are.

Gallup has asked this question three different ways in recent years, with belief varying across them from 87% to 64%.
researchtechniques  focusgroups  america  religion 
november 2019 by JohnDrake
Interview With Angela Merkel on the Fall of the Berlin Wall - SPIEGEL ONLINE
DER SPIEGEL: The United States was your dream destination?

Merkel: Of course, I would also have spent some time looking around West Germany. But I wanted my first longer trip to be to America because of its size, variety and culture. I wanted to see the Rocky Mountains, drive around in a car and listen to Bruce Springsteen. That was my dream.
people  america 
november 2019 by JohnDrake
Re-election runway: What U.S. airports can tell us about Trump's 2020 chances
But residents of the "Global Metros" are just 44 percent of the vote in Michigan, 34 percent of the vote in North Carolina, 34 percent in Pennsylvania, and 5 percent in Wisconsin — all states that could be near the tipping point of the Electoral College.

Meanwhile, "Regional Metros" and nonmetro areas — the places where Trump achieved liftoff in 2016 — are just 45 percent of the electorate nationally, but they're significantly over-represented in the most critical battlegrounds: They make up 56 percent of the vote in Michigan, 59 percent in North Carolina, 46 percent in Pennsylvania and 68 percent in Wisconsin.
trump  elections  election_2020  america 
november 2019 by JohnDrake
Record-High 56% of U.S. Women Prefer Working to Homemaking
56% of women prefer to work rather than to be homemaker
75% of men would rather work outside the home
50% of women with children under age 18 prefer to stay home; 45%, to work
women  america  men  family 
october 2019 by JohnDrake
U.S. Support for Legal Marijuana Steady in Past Year
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
66% favor legal marijuana, unchanged from 2018
Major differences in support by ideology, party and age
74% of blacks, 57% of Hispanics are in favor
america 
october 2019 by JohnDrake
Nearly two-thirds of Uber customers don’t tip their drivers, study says - The Verge
What they found was not a whole lot of tipping. Roughly 16 percent of Uber rides are tipped. Yet, most riders (60 percent) never tipped over the research team’s four weeks of data collection. Of those who do tip, very few (1 percent) tip on every trip. The remainder of people only tip on about 25 percent of trips.
consumerbehavior  brand_uber  america 
october 2019 by JohnDrake
Seven jobs shaping Seattle
It’s like an agency:

"I eventually settled on becoming a crane operator because it was what I was good at," Lammers said. "To operate a crane, you have to have good vision and depth perception. Excellent coordination helps. You also have to be good at multi-tasking and have a good sense of the space around you. It can be stressful. But it's healthy stress. It keeps me on my toes."

In the cab, Lammers hoists a stack of plywood from the ground up to the building's roof.

"It's a pretty good feeling. I love getting up and working with folks from all the different trades. I like the fact that I can look back and see what we built," he said.

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"My favorite part of the job is connecting people and advocating for design," she said. "It excites me when you are able to connect the right people to solve a problem by getting input from many experts and building upon the ideas of others."

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"There is definitely a bond and trust that you build with these folks, which is so important on a construction team," said Henson. "These days, there are very few jobs that I go on where I don't know somebody. I guess it pays to be around for a while. "

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"All of these buildings have their own character and personality," said Schneider. "The six buildings in the Denny Regrade have threads of consistency that unite them as a neighborhood."

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"Our main job is to be a completely unbiased third party consultant who does quality control," said Joshee. "We typically are brought on board in the design phases of the project and continue to work on a project through the different phases to past occupancy."

Unlike some other construction industry jobs, commissioning allows Joshee to work on many different buildings at once. Joshee has provided support for iconic Seattle buildings including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation building, the Space Needle, and many others.
america  collaboration  education 
october 2019 by JohnDrake
Substance Abuse Hits Home for Close to Half of Americans
Close to half of U.S. adults, 46%, have dealt with substance abuse problems in their family: 18% have had just alcohol problems and 10% have had just drug problems, while 18% have experienced both.
drugs  america 
october 2019 by JohnDrake
These Counties Voted for Every White House Winner Since Reagan - WSJ
A Wall Street Journal analysis shows that the counties with “perfect” voting records from 1980-2016 largely have educational attainment levels below the national average, and they all saw slower-than-average population growth between 2010 and 2018. All but one of the counties have median household incomes below the national average, and they tend to be older and much less diverse than the nation as a whole.
Meet America's 'Perfect Counties'
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From an economic standpoint, they are a mixed bag. Just more than half had unemployment rates above the national average for July, while some were well below that benchmark.

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These 19 counties have voted for the winner in every presidential election since 1980.

Warren County, Ill.
Vigo County, Ind.
Bremer County, Iowa
Washington County, Maine
Shiawassee County, Mich.
Van Buren County, Mich.
Hidalgo County, N.M.
Valencia County, N.M.
Cortland County, N.Y.
Otsego County, N.Y.
Ottawa County, Ohio
Wood County, Ohio
Essex County, Vt.
Westmoreland County, Va.
Clallam County, Wash.
Juneau County, Wis.
Marquette County, Wis.
Richland County, Wis.
Sawyer County, Wis.

Commonalities of Winning Candidates:
-who projects the most strength
-who's less highfalutin
-who's less 'weird'
america  election_2020  politics  trump 
october 2019 by JohnDrake
Many Americans have patchy grasp of cybersecurity and privacy | WARC
And only around a quarter of people (24%) knew that private browsing only hides your browsing history from other users of the computer you use to search on, and not from network providers, websites and employers if a computer is used at work. In addition, almost half (49%) said they were unsure what private browsing does.

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The majority of those questioned (67%) knew that phishing scams can take place via various platforms, such as SMS, social media or websites. And 63% knew cookies are text files that track users’ site visits and their activity. A majority (59%) also knew that ads were the largest revenue stream for most social media sites.

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Only 29% of people could name WhatsApp and Instagram as two companies Facebook owns.
webasmedium  america  privacy  pew 
october 2019 by JohnDrake
globalinequality: Capitalism, Alone: Four important--but somewhat hidden--themes
Capitalism undermines morality by demoting traditional virtues such as sacrifice, hospitality, friendship and family, in favour of self-interest. So long as most people want to get richer, capitalism will not be superseded
america  capitalism 
october 2019 by JohnDrake
Making the Best of a Bad Situation? Gary Lee on the Decline of Marriage - Econlib
Why marriage rates are falling in America, according to sociologist Gary Lee: In brief, there are too few men worth marrying. “Marriage is an almost universally desired goal. However, it has become increasingly difficult for many people to attain this goal. The real wages of less-educated men have fallen since 1970; many have very low incomes or none at all, making them poor prospects. Men with very limited economic prospects are unlikely to improve the economic circumstances of poor women”
america  men  poverty  economics 
october 2019 by JohnDrake
Gallup Vault: Gallup's First Question About Racism in 1939
The Daughters of the American Revolution would not allow a well-known Negro singer to give a concert in one of their halls. As a protest against this, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the organization. Do you approve of her action?"

Most Americans (57%) approved of Roosevelt's resignation, while 28% disapproved. Fifteen percent had no opinion.
america  blacklivesmatter  america_history 
october 2019 by JohnDrake
What Percentage of Americans Are Vegetarian?
According to a 2018 Gallup poll, 5% of U.S. adults consider themselves to be vegetarian.

Nonwhite Americans (9%) are three times as likely as white Americans (3%) to describe themselves as vegetarian.

11% of self-identified liberals identify as vegetarian, compared with 2% of conservatives and 3% of moderates.
food  america 
september 2019 by JohnDrake
U.S. Median Household Income Up in 2018 From 2017
Median household income for the United States and 14 states increased significantly in 2018 from the previous year,

2018:
US Median: $62,000
1. California: $75,200
2. Alaska: $74,300
3. Washington: $74,000
4. Colorado: $71,900
5. Utah: $71,400
6. Oregon: $63,400
7. Wyoming: 61,500
8. Arizona: $59,200
9. Nevada: $58,600
10. Idaho: $55,500
11. Montana: $55,300
12. New Mexico: $47,100
idaho  economy  planning-peter-g-peterson  income_inequality  america 
september 2019 by JohnDrake
Americans' Trust in Mass Media Edges Down to 41%
Americans remain largely mistrustful of the mass media as 41% currently have "a great deal" or "fair amount" of trust in newspapers, television and radio to report the news "fully, accurately and fairly."

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Republicans' trust is still at a very low level and a wide gap in views of the media among partisans persists as 69% of Democrats say they have trust and confidence in it, while 15% of Republicans and 36% of independents agree.

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Gallup first measured trust in the mass media in a 1972 survey when 68% of Americans said they trusted it. Similar levels were recorded in 1974 (69%) and 1976 (72%), but two decades later, when Gallup next asked the question, trust had fallen to 53%.
politics  fakenews  america  media 
september 2019 by JohnDrake
Trust in Government to Handle Domestic Problems Still Down
Currently, 39% of Americans express a "great deal" or "fair amount" of confidence in government to handle domestic issues, up modestly from the low of 35% in January, but below the 45% measured a year ago. At the same time, confidence in the government to handle international problems has fully recovered after dipping to 41% in January and now stands at 50%.
america  planning-peter-g-peterson 
september 2019 by JohnDrake
Most Important Problem | Gallup Historical Trends
There are 48. Here's the top 15:
1. The government/Poor leadership
2. Immigration
3. Race relations/Racism
4. Environment/Pollution/Climate change
5. Healthcare
6. Guns/Gun control
7. Economy in general
8. Unifying the country
9. Other non-economic
10. Unemployment/Jobs
11. Ethics/moral/religious/family decline
12. Poverty/Hunger/Homelessness
13. No opinion
14. Federal budget deficit/Federal debt
15. Judicial system/Courts/Laws
america  planning-peter-g-peterson 
september 2019 by JohnDrake
Unmarried Partners More Diverse Than 20 Years Ago
The number of unmarried partners living together in the United States nearly tripled in two decades from 6 million to 17 million, 7% of the total adult population.

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A higher proportion of unmarried partners identified as Hispanic in 2017 (16%) than in 1996 (11%).

Partners in interracial relationships increased from 6% to 10% of all cohabiters during this same period.

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In 1996, 16% of unmarried partners had a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to 28% in 2017.
america 
september 2019 by JohnDrake
Where Same-Sex Couples Live
There were almost a million same-sex couple households in the U.S. in 2017 and just over half (51.7%) of them were female coupled households.

Top cities at % of all HHs
SF 3%
DC 2.7%
Portland 2.2%
Seattle 2%
Denver 1.7%

Same-sex households make up 0.8% of all U.S. households, but some cities, such as San Francisco, have a higher percentage of same-sex households — 3.0% — than the national rate, according to the American Community Survey.
LGBT  america 
september 2019 by JohnDrake
U.S Census Bureau Celebrates Role in U.S. Constitution
“The Census Bureau is well on its way to conducting its constitutional requirement of a complete and accurate 2020 Census,” Dr. Steven Dillingham, Census Bureau director, said during a press conference at the Independence Visitor Center. “The Constitution is unique because it puts the power of government in the hands of the people — and the census is a big part of that. The census is one of the few national activities the American public does together — it’s the largest peacetime mobilization in our country, and it’s a cornerstone of our democracy.”
census  america 
september 2019 by JohnDrake
Most Americans Say Segregation in Schools a Serious Problem
A majority of Americans say that racial segregation in U.S. public schools is a "very" (21%) or "moderately serious" (36%) problem. A slim majority of whites (52%) consider school segregation a serious problem, but the view is even more widespread among U.S. blacks (68%) and Hispanics (65%)
america  education 
september 2019 by JohnDrake
What Percentage of Americans Owns Stock?
Gallup found 55% of Americans reporting they own stock in April 2019, similar to the average of 54% Gallup has measured since 2010. This is based on a question asking respondents about any individual stocks they may own, as well as stocks included in mutual funds or retirement savings accounts, like a 401(k) or IRA.

Stock ownership was more common from 2001 to 2008 when an average 62% of U.S. adults said they own stock, but this fell toward the end of the 2007-2009 recession and has not fully rebounded.
america  finance 
september 2019 by JohnDrake
Americans' Views of NRA Become Less Positive
Americans' image of the National Rifle Association, or NRA, has grown more negative in the past year with the percentage viewing it favorably dropping below 50% for only the second time in 30 years. Roughly equal percentages of U.S. adults now say they have an unfavorable (49%) opinion of the NRA as say they have a favorable one (48%).

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The motivations today are similar to what they were then -- with the majority of gun owners, 61%, saying they own a firearm for protection. One third indicate they own a gun for hunting, while 12% use it for "recreation" or "sport."
fear  guns  america 
september 2019 by JohnDrake
Interaction With Local Media Tied to Trust in Local News
People who are more civically engaged tend to also have more contact with the local media. Fifty-six percent of residents with high civic engagement experience high local media contact, compared with 32% of those with medium civic engagement and 14% with low civic engagement.
america  media  news  newsmedia 
september 2019 by JohnDrake
Nearly Half in U.S. Fear Being the Victim of a Mass Shooting
Currently, 48% of U.S. adults are "very" or "somewhat" worried, compared with 39% in 2017 after one gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas and 38% in 2015 after a San Bernardino shooter left 14 dead.

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Despite Americans' heightened concern, few are taking any of four measures tested by Gallup to avoid being the victim of a mass shooting. These questions, asked for the first time in August, assessed whether Americans' concern about mass shootings has caused them to avoid public places like stores, restaurants or churches, avoided events with large crowds such as concerts, festivals or sporting events, purchased a gun or other weapon, or purchased special products to protect them in the event of a mass shooting.

The largest percentages doing any of these is 13% for purchasing a gun and 12% for avoiding events with large crowds.
guns  america 
september 2019 by JohnDrake
Americans Skeptical of UFOs, but Say Government Knows More
33% of U.S. adults believe that some UFO sightings over the years have in fact been alien spacecraft visiting Earth from other planets or galaxies.
america  space 
september 2019 by JohnDrake
Big Pharma Sinks to the Bottom of U.S. Industry Rankings
Americans are more than twice as likely to rate the pharmaceutical industry negatively (58%) as positively (27%), giving it a net-positive score of -31. The restaurant industry is rated most positively.

Bottom four:
-Adv/PR
-Healthcare
-Fed Gov't
-Pharma
advertising  america 
september 2019 by JohnDrake
New 5-Year Report Shows 101.6 Million Americans Participated in Hunting, Fishing & Wildlife Activities | U.S. Department of the Interior
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced a new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that shows that 101.6 million Americans—40 percent of the U.S. population 16 years old and older—participated in wildlife-related activities in 2016, such as hunting, fishing, and wildlife-watching.
outdoor  america 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
America’s future of work | McKinsey
While automation phases out some jobs, the US economy will continue generating others
Net job growth is likely to be concentrated in urban areas, while thousands of rural counties could experience a decade of flat or even negative job growth.

Places with more robust and diverse economies, high-growth industries, and better-educated populations are better positioned for employment growth.

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Automation will affect some of the largest occupational categories in the US economy, phasing out jobs in office support, food service, production work, and customer service and retail sales. At the same time, healthcare, STEM occupations, creatives and arts management, and business services could add jobs.

These nationwide trends are likely to play out with variations across local economies

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Education
People with no postsecondary education could account for more than three-quarters of automation-related displacements. They are four times as likely to be in a highly automatable role than individuals with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
thefuture  america  mckinsey 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
For Labor Day, Carhartt Wants to Thank All the Rookies Who Are Learning the Ropes – Adweek
“Carhartt is a brand that speaks to me and outfits the people I’m obsessed with,” Berg says. “Their iconic patch is badge of honor for the very cultures that I’m so interested in exploring. The brand has done a good job of staying true to itself, understanding and respecting the working class. That’s something I try to do in my career…remember what really inspires me and those are these working class stories. Carhartt’s passion is real, it’s genuine, and it’s not motivated solely by commerce, which makes me a big believer in the brand.”
brand_carhartt  america 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
Americans' Satisfaction With U.S. Education at 15-Year High
For the first time since 2004, a slim majority of U.S. adults, 51%, are satisfied with the overall quality of education that students in kindergarten through grade 12 receive. This is up from 43% in 2018 and an average 45% since 2005.
america  education 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
Almost Half of Americans Are Living Paycheck to Paycheck
It's not exactly news that a large number of Americans are in bad shape financially. But new data from GOBankingRates hows that 49% are living paycheck to paycheck, with no wiggle room for unplanned bills.

Surprisingly, 18- to 24-year-olds were the least likely to report that they live paycheck to paycheck. By contrast, those 35 to 44 were most likely to be living paycheck to paycheck
planning-peter-g-peterson  america 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
What Are U.S. Treasury Securities?
U.S. Treasury securities—such as bills, notes and bonds—are debt obligations of the U.S. government. When you buy a U.S. Treasury security, you are lending money to the federal government for a specified period of time.

Because these debt obligations are backed by the “full faith and credit” of the government, and thus by its ability to raise tax revenues and print currency, U.S. Treasury securities – or "Treasuries" – are generally considered the safest of all investments.

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2009, the U.S. Federal Reserve estimated that 10.2% of bills, notes and bonds were held by individuals, 11.7% by banks and mutual funds, 6.6% by public and private pension funds, 47.7% by foreign investors, 6.8% by state and local governments and 16.9% by other investors.
planning-peter-g-peterson  america 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
As Labor Day Turns 125, Union Approval Near 50-Year High
Sixty-four percent of Americans approve of labor unions, surpassing 60% for the third consecutive year and up 16 percentage points from its 2009 low point. This comes 125 years after President Grover Cleveland signed a law establishing the Labor Day holiday after a period of labor unrest in the U.S.

Union approval averaged 68% between Gallup's initial measurement in 1936 and 1967, and consistently exceeded 60% during that time.
america 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
Parents' Concern About School Safety Remains Elevated
As summer winds down and children from kindergarten through high school head back to school, 34% of parents remain fearful for their safety. At the same time, fewer (12%) report that their school-aged children have expressed concern about feeling unsafe at school.
guns  america 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
Americans Split on More Regulation of Big Tech
Close to half of U.S. adults (48%) in an Aug. 1-14 Gallup poll say the government should increase its regulation of technology companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google. On the other hand, 40% believe government regulation of these firms shouldn't change and 10% think they should face less government regulation.
gallup  america  technology  technology_future 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
Are Women Really Opting Out of Work After They Have Babies?
More than 4 out of 5 (81.9%) women with a graduate or professional degree who gave birth in the last 12 months were in the labor force: 71.2% were working, 9.2% were on leave, and 1.5% were unemployed.

Among women with a graduate or professional degree who gave birth in the past year, only 18.1% were not in the labor force, compared to 48.9% of women with a high school degree or less.

Among women with a bachelor’s degree who gave birth in the past year, 60.9% were employed and at work, 8.2% were employed but on leave, 2.3% were unemployed, and 28.6% were not in the labor force.

These findings show that most women with a recent birth are in the labor force — especially those with an advanced degree.
america  women 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
Do Americans Want War With Iran?
While only 9% of Americans consider Iran to be the United States' greatest enemy, most consider Iran an enemy or unfriendly nation. When it comes to trying to stop Iran's nuclear program, more than three out of four Americans think the United States should rely mainly on economic and diplomatic efforts to get Iran to shut it down. If such efforts fail, Republicans are inclined to back military action, while Democrats would not. Overall, a total of 53% of Americans would support military action either as an initial response or as a response if nonmilitary efforts fail.
america  war 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
Answer to Are there Americans who have never been to New York? by Robert Rovegno
Consider this 62% of Americans have never been to the Statue of liberty (while one can visit New York without going there the figure for how many have not been to NY would not be vastly different). 11 % of Americans have never left the state they were born in. 54% have visited 10 or fewer states.
america 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
Getting shot by police is a leading cause of death for U.S. black men - Los Angeles Times
About 1 in 1,000 black men and boys in America can expect to die at the hands of police, according to a new analysis of deaths involving law enforcement officers. That makes them 2.5 times more likely than white men and boys to die during an encounter with cops.

The analysis also showed that Latino men and boys, black women and girls and Native American men, women and children are also killed by police at higher rates than their white peers. But the vulnerability of black males was particularly striking.

“That 1-in-1,000 number struck us as quite high,” said study leader Frank Edwards, a sociologist at Rutgers University.
america  blacklivesmatter 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
What Percentage of Americans Own Guns?
Thirty percent of U.S. adults say they personally own a gun, while a larger percentage, 43%, report living in a gun household.
america  guns 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
Household Debt Reaches New High in Q2 | Builder Magazine
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Center for Microeconomic Data on Tuesday issued its Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, which shows that total household debt increased by $192 billion (1.4%) to $13.86 trillion in the second quarter of 2019. It was the 20th consecutive quarter with an increase, and the total is now $1.2 trillion higher, in nominal terms, than the previous peak of $12.68 trillion in the third quarter of 2008.
america  banking 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
Amazon Share Is Declining Amid Online CPG Sales Growth…Is Now the Time to Double Down? – Nielsen
Back in 2017, Amazon had a 43% hold on CPG e-commerce. This year, that figure has fallen to 39%. On the flipside, we’ve seen Walmart triple its share to 6%, Instacart double in size to 8% and we’ve witnessed healthy share growth among merchants like Target, Kroger and Chewy.com.

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Careful attention to online purchase fulfillment has been a meaningful success factor in CPG. Click-and-collect now accounts for 11% of all CPG e-commerce sales, a dramatic rise from 4% just two years ago and a trend to get in front of, based on what we see in big click-and-collect markets like France.

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America; One in 10 surveyed Americans are already using in-store click-and-collect purchasing. But that pales in comparison to the 29% of Indian, 27% of Vietnamese and 26% of Chinese shoppers who are already accustomed to ordering online and picking up their purchases in stores.
onlineretail  brand_amazon  cpg  america  grocery 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
Religion and Drinking Alcohol in the U.S.
As my colleague Lydia Saad recently pointed out in her annual review of Gallup's trends on drinking, the percentage of Americans in general who say they "have occasion to use alcohol" has remained remarkably steady over the years that Gallup has tracked the measure. The percentage of U.S. adults (aged 18 and older) who say they consume alcohol has averaged 63% since Gallup first asked the question in 1939 and is at 65% this year.

That leaves 34% who say they are total abstainers, roughly the same as the average of 36.5% measured since 1939. Being a total abstainer (or a "teetotaler," the colorful term that originated in the temperance movement to describe those who don't drink any alcoholic beverages) varies modestly by a number of traditional demographic variables. Older adults, women, those with lower levels of education, blacks and Hispanics are more likely than others to abstain.
alcohol  america  religion  beer 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
Americans See Fewer Opportunities for Children
As much of the world works toward the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to "ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all," the trajectory in the U.S. appears to be pointed in the wrong direction -- based on the diminishing numbers of Americans who see opportunities for most children in their country to learn and grow.

These data, along with findings from a recent UNICEF report that found the U.S. losing ground on six out of nine child-relevant SDG indicators -- including inclusive quality education -- reinforce that a roaring economy alone doesn't always guarantee a good record on sustaining children's wellbeing.
education  kids  america 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
Amazon Alexa users can now donate school supplies via voice | VentureBeat
Back to school supplies aren’t getting any cheaper. The National Retail Federation estimates that this year parents with children in elementary school and college plan to spend an average of $696.70 (up from $684.79 in 2018) and $976.78 (up from $942.17), respectively. Economically disadvantaged families will necessarily lean on philanthropic givers to bridge the gap, which is why Amazon this week rolled out a way for customers to donate supplies via Alexa.

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Starting today — as part of the Seattle company’s Happy School Year program — saying “Alexa, Donate to Happy School Year” within earshot of an Alexa-powered device will kick off the donation flow, which will walk customers through a $25 backpack order for students in need. Each pack will be filled with school supplies (including pencils, pens, a ruler, and a notebook) before it’s shipped directly by Amazon to the nonprofit Communities In Schools.
brand_amazon  voice_search  school  america 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
Latest Trump Job Approval Rating at 42%
Trump's frequent controversies as president have done little to change public opinion about him, with his approval ratings during his first 2 ½ years in office falling into an 11-percentage-point range between 35% and 46%.

By comparison, the average range for other elected presidents since World War II during their first 2 ½ years is 30 points. Dwight Eisenhower had the smallest range before Trump -- 18 points -- but with generally very strong ratings between 57% and 75%.
america  america_history  presidents  trump  gallup 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
Gallup's Guide to U.S. Public Opinion on Guns
Approximately four in 10 Americans (43%) report they have a gun in their home, although this has varied by subgroup over the years.
Men, Married, Southerners Most Likely to Be Gun Owners

Crime Victims More Likely to Own Guns

Six in 10 Gun Owners Say They Own Guns for Personal Protection

A slim majority of U.S. adults viewed the National Rifle Association (NRA) more favorably than unfavorably in 2018.
Gallup Update on NRA From June 2018
america  guns 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
“I’m normally a worrier, but this is next-level stuff.” The American middle class is falling deeper into debt to maintain a middle-class lifestyle.
Me­dian house­hold in­come in the U.S. was $61,372 at the end of 2017, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­sus Bu­reau. When in­fla­tion is taken into ac­count, that is just above the 1999 level. With­out ad­just­ing for in­fla­tion, over the three decades through 2017, in­comes are up 135%.
america  banking 
august 2019 by JohnDrake
Part l: A History of Visa — Mine Safety Disclosures
When Bank Of America invented the credit card in 1958, it got its first customers by mailing cards to every household in Fresno without even asking. The result was a disaster. Customer defaults ran at 22%. Fraud was rampant. Rivals looked on and laughed. So when the experiment finally came right seven years later, Bank Of America had the market to itself. It franchised the card to other banks worldwide, built a scalable payments infrastructure, spun it all off under the Visa brand, and changed the world
brand_bandofamerica  banking  history  finance  america  america_history 
july 2019 by JohnDrake
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