Jan 9, 2014

Americans with just basic cell phones are a dwindling breed

The share of Americans who have a basic cellular phone that is not a smartphone has dropped 33 percentage points since 2005.

Jan 7, 2014

Number of older Americans in the workforce is on the rise

The share of Americans ages 65 to 74 who are in the nation’s workforce is expected to break the 30% mark by 2022.

Dec 27, 2013

Chart of the Week: Where the loss of unemployment benefits will hit

A map from the Washington Post shows the states where the expiration of unemployment benefits on Saturday will have the most impact.

Dec 19, 2013

Obama, Bush and the ‘second-term curse’

Barack Obama and George Bush have at least one thing in common when it comes to the second terms they won — the first year of their encores have been downers when it came to their public images.

Dec 18, 2013

Public gives mixed marks to Bernanke

Roughly four-in-ten Americans expressed a favorable view of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in September.

Dec 17, 2013

Snowden leaks seen as harming the public interest

More than half of Americans believe that Edward Snowden’s leaks about NSA surveillance programs have harmed the public interest.

Dec 16, 2013

Compensation rises for college presidents

The median pay for 550 chief executives of private nonprofit colleges ticked up by 3% in 2011.

Dec 12, 2013

A year after Newtown, little change in public opinion on guns

After the horrific shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., a year ago claiming the lives of 20 children and six adults, there was a sense in the country – especially among gun-control supporters — that the tragedy would be different from similar ones in the past and push the nation to action. But ultimately, a sustained change in public opinion did not materialize, and a bill to tighten gun laws died in the Senate.

Dec 11, 2013

Lawmakers compromise on budget deal — and that’s what the public says it wants

About six-in-ten of Americans say they want lawmakers to be more willing to compromise on budget issues even if it meant they “reached a deal you disagreed with.”

Dec 5, 2013

Americans see growing gap between rich and poor

The issue of income inequality is back in the news at a time when the U.S. public believes there is a growing gulf between rich and poor that is likely to continue.