Fact TankJanuary 10, 2017

Blacks and Hispanics face extra challenges in getting home loans

Black and Hispanic mortgage applicants are denied more frequently than whites and Asians, and when they do obtain mortgages they tend to pay higher rates.

Fact TankJanuary 4, 2017

5 facts about the minimum wage

While the idea of raising the minimum wage is broadly popular, efforts to do so at the national level have stalled. We gathered key facts looking at the issue.

Fact TankDecember 20, 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, and the second time this century, a presidential candidate has won the White House while losing the popular vote.

Fact TankDecember 13, 2016

What’s on your table? How America’s diet has changed over the decades

We’re eating more chicken, cheese and yogurt, but less beef, margarine and ice cream.

Fact TankDecember 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.

Fact TankNovember 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.

Fact TankNovember 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.

Fact TankNovember 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.