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Every day you may read a new survey telling you what percentage of which group does what to whom how often. To make all such future surveys superfluous, here is a percentage table, all from the last 12 months. The sample population is British unless otherwise stated.

99% of Britons watch television.

98% think contraception should remain free on the NHS.

97% of nurses believe there are staff shortages in their hospitals.

96% of casualty nurses have been verbally abused.

95% of railway stations have no nappy-changing or breast-feeding facilities.

94% of executives say they usually finish a business trip with a sense of accomplishment.

93% of GPs say a new bed can ease back pain.

92% of teenage girls in Middlesex tidy their rooms at least once a week.

91% adults would never agree to wife-swapping

90% of football fans think the game would benefit from professional referees.

89% think the Millennium Dome is a waste of money.

88% of women say they would not fuss about their appearance before appearing on TV.

87% of the French think Britain is improving.

86% think sight is the sense we most fear losing.

85% would back a reduction in the drink-drive limit.

84% of bishops can name at least one Spice Girl.

83% of us spend Christmas with our families.

82% of Britons have never heard of Lionel Jospin, the French prime minister.

81% of women think that contraception is mainly a woman's responsibility.

80% of trains have no nappy-changing facilities.

79% of us felt the coverage of Diana's death was sensitive.

78% of car-crimes are thefts from the vehicle.

77% of parents are unhappy with the train service.

76% of Americans think the British are well-informed about current affairs.

75% of working children are employed illegally.

74% of hospital doctors do not expect the NHS to exist in 50 years.

73% of fishermen think hunting should be illegal.

72% of teenagers tidy their rooms once a month or less.

71% of adults think young offenders are let off too lightly.

70% of football fans say statistical analysis enhances their enjoyment of the game.

69% of wine is bought in supermarkets.

67% of Yorkshire women are still waiting for the sex of their dreams

66% of women do not feel confident naked

65% of people hate junk mail

65% of 35- to-45-year-olds are more financially content than they were in their 20s.

64% of high-achieving women who have had an affair have not regretted it.

63% of victims of car crime are aged 25 to 35.

62% of people blame themselves for marital rows.

61% of men think think contraception is mainly a woman's responsibility.

60% of shoppers say they try to buy British.

59% think big businesses exploits the work force.

58% pay cash for Christmas shopping.

57% of men aged 20-24 have taken illegal drugs.

56% of men in Scotland are too fat.

55% disapprove of banning beef on the bone.

54% back a smoking ban in all public places.

53% want to ban all forms of tobacco sponsorship.

52% of over-50s have life insurance.

51% plan to organise a party for the millennium.

50% of women think they are overweight.

49% of 18-24 year-olds would like to go abroad for Christmas.

48% of teenagers smoke or have tried it.

47% of Scottish women think they are too fat.

46% of 8-to-16-year-olds can't find London on a map.

45% of the total workforce are women.

44% of women feel stressed.

43% of women aged 20-24 have taken drugs.

42% of women high-achievers admit to having had an extra-marital affair.

41% of people over 55 consider themselves lucky.

40% of raw meat sales are chicken.

39% of people touch wood for luck.

38% have not had an eye test in the last two years.

37% think walking under ladders is unlucky.

36% of us made a New Year's resolution.

35% of couples argue more than once a week.

34% of nurses have been attacked while on duty.

33% of households play the midweek lottery.

32% of women high-achievers have no children.

31% are planning to go to a millennium party.

30% of cars in Barnsley are red.

29% of adults have taken a short break holiday.

28% of households are of one person only.

27% of mothers have an epidural anaesthetic.

26% of marital rows take place in the evenings.

25% of women say they think about sex daily.

24% of women think they are not attractive.

23% of executives think new technology has made life more stressful.

22% of women in the Midlands have grey hair.

21% of men would pay pounds 1,000 to set Melinda Messenger free if she were kidnapped.

20% of women say their sex life is fantastic.

19% of us start Christmas shopping in October.

18% vote the Scottish accent their favourite.

17% of New Year's resolutions last less than a day.

16% of men are obese.

15% of the UK population are over 65.

14% do not eat red meat.

13% of breath tests for alcohol are positive.

12% of teenagers' bedrooms have a computer.

11% of Britons say they don't like Germans.

10% of male workers have a female boss.

9% of GP consultations are in the patient's home.

8% of companies are staffed on Christmas Day.

7% of vicars do not have television sets.

6% of cars in Chelsea are Mercedes.

5% of bathroom buyers opt for a bidet.

4% of adults belong to a political party.

3% of consumers do not celebrate Christmas.

2% of executives have returned from a business trip to find they have been sacked.

1% of us made a New Year's resolution to keep a diary.