State of the Union 2014: Where Americans stand on key issues
A summary of where Americans stand on ten key issues likely to come up in President Obama’s State of the Union address.
Chart of the Week: How two decades of globalization have changed the world
Globally, incomes have risen fastest for the very well-off and the bottom two-thirds of the world’s people, but have stagnated or fallen for the “global upper middle class.”
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.
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.”
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.
Overall book readership stable, but e-books becoming more popular
The typical U.S. adult read five books in the past 12 months.
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.
In most states, jobless benefits capped at 26 weeks
Number of states where the maximum duration of unemployment benefits is 26 weeks.
College enrollment among low-income students still trails richer groups
As Congress debates extending benefits, high long-term unemployment persists
The median number of weeks without work among unemployed Americans (as of December).