Editorials

Notable numbers: Election results, the price of gold, approval ratings

Notable numbers

Statistics from the past week that deserve a doubletake

14 The number of years from the point safety issues are raised about a chemical before concern peaks and regulators act

46,605 The number of security breaches on federal computer networks reported in 2013

26,942 The number of breaches reported in 2009

$1,923 The going rate for an ounce of gold in August 2011

$1,169.80 The price for an ounce last week

90 The percentage of people in post-communist nations who are living in countries with failed transitions to capitalism

$2,100 How much lower the inflation-adjusted median income was in 2013 compared with 2009, when President Obama took office

$3,600 How much lower it was than when George W. Bush took office in 2001

39.7 President Obama’s approval rating in North Carolina

52.1 His disapproval rating

30.3 The approval rating for North Carolina’s Republican-controlled General Assembly

54.7 Its disapproval rating

161 The number of active-duty U.S. troops who had committed suicide this year as of July, the most recent data available

154 The number who had killed themselves during the same six-month period in 2013

8 The percentage increase in the number of suicides among reserve and National Guard members from 2012 to 2013: 203 died in 2012, 220 in 2013

36.3 The percentage of the country’s eligible voters who cast ballots this month.

72 The number of years it has been since another turnout even lower

21 The percentage of all voters ages 18 to 29 who went to the polls Nov. 4

71 The percentage of young voters in North Carolina who voted for Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate in 2008

54 The percentage of young voters who chose Hagan in 2014

40 The percentage of millennials in 2006 who considered themselves political independents

50 The percentage of millennials who consider themselves independents now

31 The percentage of millennials who don’t believe there’s a great deal of difference in what Republicans and Democrats stand for

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