Jan. 23, 2014

Anti-poll tax amendment is 50 years old today

The value in today’s dollars of the annual poll tax once imposed by several Southern states.

Jan. 22, 2014

Middle East tensions top global trend for 2014

The top score (on a 1-to-5 scale) in a World Economic Forum survey of globally significant trends was “rising Middle East tensions.”

Jan. 22, 2014

Most young Americans say Snowden has served the public interest

Young adults are significantly more likely to support Edward Snowden and his leaking of classified details of government surveillance programs.

Jan. 21, 2014

Overall book readership stable, but e-books becoming more popular

The typical U.S. adult read five books in the past 12 months.

Jan. 17, 2014

Chart of the Week: Many in the Americas say high joblessness can justify a coup

Significant minorities in several nations of the Americas say high unemployment would justify a military takeover of their country’s government.

Jan. 15, 2014

In most states, jobless benefits capped at 26 weeks

Number of states where the maximum duration of unemployment benefits is 26 weeks.

Jan. 15, 2014

College enrollment among low-income students still trails richer groups

Jan. 14, 2014

As Congress debates extending benefits, high long-term unemployment persists

The median number of weeks without work among unemployed Americans (as of December).

Jan. 13, 2014

Who’s poor in America? 50 years into the ‘War on Poverty,’ a data portrait

The War on Poverty was arguably the most ambitious domestic policy initiative since the Great Depression. But the overall effectiveness of the War on Poverty remains hotly debated.

Jan. 10, 2014

Chart of the Week: Where the smokers are

A new data visualization lets you pinpoint where smoking is most and least common around the world.