The Page That Counts :: Summer 2007

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]


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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]


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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]


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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.

  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.

  5. Higher Education Research Institute, University of California. January 2007,

  6. “The Great Divide: How Westerners and Muslims View Each Other,”Pew Global Attitudes Project. June 22, 2006.,

  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.,

  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.,

  9. Harris Interactive, “The Many Sources of Stress and the Hassles of Daily Life,” The Harris Poll #75. October 6, 2006.,

  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]