An American Editor

January 31, 2011

A Few Interesting Statistics

Filed under: Miscellaneous Opinion — Rich Adin @ 8:39 am

The past few years have brought significant change to the United States –some good, some bad. Here are some of the changes, according to the current issue of The Atlantic:

  • Daily consumer spending has dropped from $91 (2008) to $62 (2010)
  • Book sales declined $1.1 billion between 2007 and 2009
  • The U.S. Treasury collected $164,856,000 more in tax from the sale of firearms and ammunition since the election of Barack Obama as president
  • During this same time, 9% more people thought it was more important to protect gun owners’ rights than to control guns
  • In 2007, teenagers (15-19 years old) spent an average of 16 minutes each weekend day reading; by 2009 that had dropped to 5 minutes per weekend day
  • In contrast, the average time teenagers spent using the computer for leisure increased from 46.8 to 61.2 minutes per weekend day
  • The number of people living in poverty increased by 6.3 million from 2007 to 2009.
  • In 2007, only Wisconsin faced a budget shortfall; in 2010, only North Dakota and Wyoming are not facing a budget shortfall — 48 states are
  • Between 2000 and 2007, 27 banks failed; since 2008, more than 314 have failed
  • Since the election of Barack Obama, the number of active militias has risen from 43 to 127 (as of 2009)
  • The number of violent crimes per 100,000 people dropped from 472 (2007) to 429.4 (2009) 
  • The percentage of Americans who think Barack Obama is a Muslim has increased from 12% in 2008 to 18% in 2010
  • Those with a favorable view of Sarah Palin dropped by 18% (from 40% to 22%) between 2008 and 2010

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