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The Page That Counts :: Summer 2007

image of honeybee

Average percentage of food Americans consume that is dependent on honeybee pollination: 33
Number of dollars worth of seeds and crops honeybees annually pollinate in the United States: 14 billion
Percentage of bees on the East Coast lost to the mysterious bee die-off: 60
Percentage of bee loss keepers consider normal: 20 [1]
Number of years Albert Einstein estimated humans could live if all bees died: 4 [2]


Percentage of 1,001 surveyed American adults who reported that their computer received more time-devoted attention than their significant other: 65
Percentage who reported increased psychological dependency on their computer over the past three years: 85
Number of hours per month the average American spends fixing computer problems: 12 [3]


image of red sheep

Number of sheep a Scottish farmer dyed red to cheer up drivers stuck in traffic jams: 54 [4]


Percentage of college freshman who reported recently sharing a conversation about politics or their political ideologies in 2004: 25.5
Percentage in 2006: 33.8
Percentage of self-identified “liberal” college freshman who agreed with the statement, “dissent is a critical component of the political process”: 66.1
Percentage of self-identified “conservative” freshman who agreed: 63.2 [5]


Islamic symbol

Percentage of non-Muslims in the U.S. who believe that Muslims are disrespectful of women: 69
Percentage of Muslims in Pakistan who believe that Westerners are disrespectful of women: 52 [6]


Percentage of female teenagers receiving formal instruction about birth control in 1995: 87
Percentage of female teenagers receiving formal instruction about birth control in 2002: 70
Percentage of female teenagers receiving abstinence-only education in 1995: 8
Percentage of female teenagers receiving abstinence-only education in 2002: 21 [7]


sexed poster

Amount the federal government allots to abstinence-only education per year: $170 million
Percentage of Americans who favor comprehensive sex education over an abstinence-only curriculum: 82 [8]


Percentage of Americans making $15-24,500 per year who report experiencing stress due to having too many things to do: 52
Percentage of Americans making $75,000 per year or more who report this: 62
Percentage of Americans making $15-24,500 per year who report experiencing stress due to problems with work, their bosses, or fellow coworkers: 19
Percentage of Americans making $75,000 per year or more who report this: 30 [9]


polar bear image

Percentage of Americans who believed that global warming was a “serious” problem in 2004: 70
Percentage who believe that global warming is a “serious” problem now: 83
Percentage of Americans who agree that “the United States is in as much danger from environmental hazards, such as air pollution and global warming, as it is from terrorists”: 63 [10]


  1. Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium, Pennsylvania State University. March 2007. http://aginfo.psu.edu/news/07Jan/HoneyBees.htm

  2. Gunther Latsch, “Are GM Crops Killing Bees?” Spiegel Online International, March 22, 2007. http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,473166,00.html

  3. “65 Percent of Americans Spend More Time with Their Computer than Their Spouse,” SupportSoft. January 2007.http://supportsoft.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=press_releases&item=408

  4. “Sheer Brilliance for Bright Sheep,” BBC News, April 3, 2007.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/6521149.stm

  5. Higher Education Research Institute, University of California. January 2007, http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-freshmen19jan19,0,6657121.story?coll=la-home-headlines

  6. “The Great Divide: How Westerners and Muslims View Each Other,”Pew Global Attitudes Project. June 22, 2006., http://pewglobal.org/reports/display.php?ReportID=253

  7. Lindberg, Laura Duberstein; Santelli, John S. and Sing, Susheela.“Changes in Formal Sex Education: 1995-2002” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Volume 38, Number 4. Guttmacher Institute. December 2006., http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3818206.html

  8. Bleakley, Amy; Hennesy, Michael and Fishbein, Martin, “Public Opinion on Sex Education in U.S. Schools,” Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. January 2006., http://archpedi.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/160/11/1151

  9. Harris Interactive, “The Many Sources of Stress and the Hassles of Daily Life,” The Harris Poll #75. October 6, 2006., http://www.harrisinteractive.com/harris_poll/index.asp?PID=702

  10. Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. March 2007, http://www.yale.edu/envirocenter/environmentalpoll.htm [Editor's Note: This Web page is no longer active as of Jan. 5, 2009]


 

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