7 out of 10 Americans want Sherlock Holmes’ job

IRVINE, Calif. (WTNH) — Findings from a Harris study on behalf of Brandman University elucidate the New Year’s resolutions made by some 67% of American adults.

Within that bracket of 67% making resolutions for 2016, American adults are setting:

  • weight loss of fitness goals (49%).
  • financial goals, i.e. spending less and saving more (33%).
  • education or career goals, i.e. going back to college or seeking a promotion or new job (26%).
  • goals towards habit changes, i.e. quitting smoking or drinking less (16%).

Chief Communications Officer for Brandman University, Joe Cockrell, remarks at the drive for success implied by these goals. He says, “It’s no surprise that fitness tops the list for 2016 – it does nearly every year. With that out of the way, look at the other top goals; they are focused on financial stability, career, or education.” Regrettably, the poll also contains data demonstrating that 73% percent of Americans have made resolutions in the past that did not pan out.

The survey also added some questions just for fun. When asked what fictional television character has their dream job, seven out of ten Americans picked Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock, followed by Richard Castle from the series Castle. If they were to go back to school, the teacher they’d most like to have from a film or television series is Charles Xavier from X-Men, followed by Professor Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series.

More details including other top picks are available here.

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