U.S. PoliticsDecember 13, 2017

U.S. Senate seats rarely have flipped to other party in recent special elections

Senate seats have rarely flipped to the other party in recent special elections, and turnout usually lags compared with regular elections for the same seat.

ReligionDecember 8, 2017

A global snapshot of same-sex marriage

Worldwide, roughly two-thirds of the countries that allow gay marriage are in Western Europe.

Pew Research CenterDecember 6, 2017

Despite concerns about global democracy, nearly six-in-ten countries are now democratic

Despite widespread concerns across the globe about the future of democracy, public support for it remains strong, and by one measure the number of democratic nations around the world is at an all-time high.

Pew Research CenterNovember 30, 2017

5 ways the U.S. workforce has changed, a decade since the Great Recession began

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the start of the Great Recession, five ways in which the U.S. workforce has changed over the past decade.

Pew Research CenterNovember 17, 2017

Despite apparent coup in Zimbabwe, armed takeovers have become less common worldwide

Since the end of World War II, there have been 225 successful coups (counting the events in Zimbabwe) in countries with populations greater than 500,000, according to the Center for Systemic Peace, which maintains extensive datasets on various forms of armed conflict and political violence. Most coups occurred during the height of the Cold War, from the 1960s through the 1980s.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 24, 2017

Among developed nations, Americans’ tax bills are below average

Tax burdens in the U.S. are lower than most of its developed-nation peers – in some cases, well below.

Pew Research CenterOctober 20, 2017

The most export-dependent places in the U.S. are small counties

The most export-intensive communities in the U.S. aren’t big cities but relatively small, often rural or suburban counties, whose economies are based on a single industry – or sometimes even a single company or plant.

Pew Research CenterOctober 6, 2017

A closer look at who does (and doesn’t) pay U.S. income tax

Taxpayers with incomes of $200,000 or more paid well over half (58.8%) of federal income taxes, though they accounted for only 4.5% of all returns filed (6.8% of all taxable returns). By contrast, taxpayers with incomes below $30,000 filed nearly 44% of all returns but paid just 1.4% of all federal income tax.

GlobalSeptember 19, 2017

5 facts about government debt around the world

Public debt has increased sharply in many countries in recent years, particularly during and after the Great Recession.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 15, 2017

Proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution seldom go anywhere

More than 700 proposed amendments have been introduced into the House or Senate since 1999, but not one has become part of the Constitution.