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Survey says: 3 September statistics you need to know

Online surveys provide a lot of answers to businesses, but they can be incredibly insightful for the average person, too. The next time you're taking online surveys for money, consider why you're being asked the questions you come across.

Is there a new trend emerging in an industry you're interested in? Is one of your favorite companies researching topics for an exciting marketing campaign? It's all possible, and your opinions could become a part of the answer to those inquiries. 

On the other hand, there is already a lot of new survey information that's being released every day. In between contributing to those other surveys, check out what these recent ones revealed.

1. Deflated public perception: 34 percent of people don't like Tom Brady
The Super Bowl MVP may have been cleared of his suspension in court, but his image hasn't recovered quite yet. NBC News reported that 34 percent of survey respondents said they had an unfavorable opinion of Tom Brady, compared to 21 percent who viewed the quarterback favorably.

In comparison, a similar poll by Public Policy Polling two years ago showed that 39 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion about Brady compared to just 23 percent who didn't, NBC noted.

Does that mean most people thought the Patriots star player was guilty in the "deflategate" scandal? Not necessarily. A poll by the Los Angeles Times showed that 63 percent of respondents agreed with U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman's decision to lift Brady's suspension, compared to 37 percent who did not agree.

2. Roughly 70 percent of workers are not engaged 
Not every employee likes being at work, but ongoing polls by Gallup Daily actually reveal that not only are the staggering majority of workers unenthusiastic, they're also disconnected and uncommitted to the work. Gallup Daily conducts phone interviews with roughly 1,500 people via telephone every day to find their thoughts about the workplace. As of mid-September, just 33 percent of respondents said they felt engaged at work. 

That may sound low, but polling history reveals this isn't a shocking figure compared to previous months. The level of engagement has hovered between a low of 28 percent and a high of 35 percent since late December 2013.

3. Does water's boiling point change at elevation: chances are, you don't know
If you heat a pot of water to 212 degrees Fahrenheit in Death Valley, will it boil? What if you take it to the top of Mount Everest and only heat it to 170 degrees?

If you're more interested in science, you probably know the answer, and that puts you in a group with just 34 percent of Americans, according to the Pew Research Center. Roughly two-thirds of Americans don't know that elevation - air pressure more specifically - does in fact affect water's boiling point. A pot of water will boil at just over 160 degrees on the peak of Mount Everest, compared to just over 212 degrees in Death Valley.


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