TRUMBULL, Conn., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- All of that writing on the classroom board must result in good penmanship according to a new survey that found 62 percent of Americans believe teachers have the best handwriting. However, being a student in a classroom for many years doesn't guarantee good penmanship. The online survey found that 88 percent of Americans think doctors have only Fair to Poor handwriting. Prayer doesn't seem to help either: just 18 percent of Americans view members of the clergy as having Excellent to Very Good penmanship. Signing autographs clearly doesn't foster good handwriting: celebrities and professional athletes ranked Excellent or Very Good ratings by only 6 percent and 3 percent of respondents, respectively. The online survey was conducted for Pilot Pen Corporation of America just before National Handwriting Day, celebrated every January 23 on John Hancock's birthday. Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence and is famous for his graceful signature. Pilot Pen makes over 100 types of pens, pencils, markers and personal digital assistant styli, including the best-selling Dr. Grip ergonomic pen that reduces required gripping power by 40 percent. The Pilot Pen survey asked a nationally-representative sample of 1,000 men and women who are online to rate the handwriting of people in 10 professions. Survey results were released today by Pilot Pen president and CEO Ron Shaw: Rating of "Excellent" or "Very Good" handwriting by survey respondents Profession Percentage 1. Teacher 62 2. Minister/Rabbi/Priest 18 3. Company President 13 4. Lawyer 10 5. Politician 9 6. Stock Broker 7 7. Celebrity 6 8. Dot-Com Entrepreneur 5 9. Professional Athlete 3 10. Doctor 2 Rating of "Fair" or "Poor" handwriting by survey respondents Profession Percentage 1. Doctor 88 2. Professional Athlete 46 3. Lawyer 44 4. Celebrity 35 5. Politician 33 6. Company President 29 7. Stock Broker 25 8. Dot-Com Entrepreneur 22 9. Minister/Rabbi/Priest 12 10. Teacher 6 The handwriting survey was conducted by Greenfield Online of Wilton, Conn. for Pilot Pen Corporation of America, makers of over 100 types of writing instruments.
SOURCE Pilot Pen Corporation of America