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Significant Digits For Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

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27 percent

Percentage of surveyed Americans who said that Nitrogen makes up the majority of Earth’s atmosphere, which is indeed the case. [Pew Research Center]

52 percent

Percentage of Millennials who don’t plan to get a flu shot. One young person to another, this is an awful idea and you should get a damn flu shot. A quarter of those millennials were not getting inoculated due to financial concerns. I can assure you, as a person who did not understand how health insurance worked for several years, a flu shot is worth about four beers. [Bloomberg]

52.11 percent

Th European Union approved the Paris climate accord, joining the U.S., China, India and New Zealand. Combined the nations amount to 52.11 percent of carbon dioxide emissions. [Bloomberg]

63.8 percent

Based on the current polling, that’s the probability the Democrats retake control of the U.S. Senate this election. The states most likely to decide control are North Carolina, Nevada and New Hampshire. [FiveThirthyEight]

74.7 percent

The chance Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election, based on the FiveThirtyEight model. [FiveThirtyEight]


Number of NYPD officers. None of them are yet wearing a body camera despite a pilot program being ordered by a federal judge in 2013. [The New York Times]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.