U.S. PoliticsDecember 1, 2016

Will Trump’s backing revive moribund term-limits movement?

Although the movement to limit congressional terms has been largely dormant for the past two decades, 15 states do limit how many terms their own legislators can serve.

GlobalNovember 22, 2016

Among democracies, U.S. stands out in how it chooses its head of state

No other democratic nation fills its top job quite the way the U.S. does, and only a handful are even similar.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 9, 2016

Trump’s victory another example of how Electoral College wins are bigger than popular vote ones

For the fifth time in U.S. history, a presidential candidate has won the White House while (apparently) losing the popular vote.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 8, 2016

On Election Day, most voters use electronic or optical-scan ballots

The great majority of Americans who vote on Election Day will use one of two basic technologies: “fill-in-the-bubble” and other optical-scan ballots, or touch-screen computers and other direct recording electronic systems.

MethodsNovember 2, 2016

Just how does the general election exit poll work, anyway?

The firm that runs the presidential exit poll expects to interview about 100,000 voters across the country by the time the polls close on election night.

Fact TankOctober 31, 2016

U.S. electoral system ranks high – but not highest – in global comparisons

Though many Americans say they’re concerned about possible election fraud, the U.S. electoral system generally ranks high in cross-national comparisons.

Fact TankOctober 21, 2016

For many Americans, Election Day is already here

More than 4 million early, absentee and mail-in votes already have been cast, and if recent trends continue the number of Americans voting in such nontraditional ways could approach 50 million this year.

October 13, 2016

Jobs requiring preparation, social skills or both expected to grow most

Much of U.S. job growth over the past 25 years has been in occupations that require higher levels of education, training and experience – a trend that seems likely to continue, based on our analysis of official government job-growth projections.

ScienceOctober 7, 2016

Perceptions and realities of recycling vary widely from place to place

The rules, practices and norms around recycling vary considerably from place to place – contributing to dramatically different local recycling levels and rates at which different materials are recovered.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 7, 2016

House seats rarely flip from one party to the other

Big partisan shifts in the House of Representatives happen, but not often. In only three of the past 12 election cycles has one party posted a net gain of more than 30 seats, and on average 93% of House members who seek re-election are voted back into office.