Jan 28, 2014

Obama’s approval number is near his lowest as he delivers State of the Union address

President Obama’s job approval rating stands at 43% as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address.

Jan 13, 2014

Obama lags his predecessors in recess appointments

In his six years in office, Barack Obama has made 32 recess appointments to federal positions.

Jan 10, 2014

Fewer Americans see cigarette smoking as a major public health problem

About half of Americans rank cigarette smoking as a serious public health problem.

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.