Jul 29, 2013

Americans want to mind their own business

Nearly half of Americans say the country should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own.

Jul 26, 2013

Chart of the Week: How Americans pay for college

U.S. families are relying less on their own resources and more on outside sources (scholarships, loans and the like) to pay for college.

Jul 25, 2013

5 reasons Americans have the economic blahs

Despite modestly positive macroeconomic trends, many Americans feel lukewarm or worse about the economy. Five less-common indicators may help explain why.

Jul 24, 2013

Obama returns focus to America’s struggling middle class

As President Obama prepares to make a “major” speech on the economy today, our past reports describe the challenges the middle class has faced in the past decades.

Jul 19, 2013

Who makes minimum wage?

The controversy over Washington, D.C.’s “living wage” ordinance, which may prompt Wal-Mart to pull out of as many as six new stores planned for the city, has drawn new attention to those near the bottom of the nation’s wage ladder. The ordinance would require large, non-union retailers to pay their workers above the District’s $8.25-an-hour […]

Jul 19, 2013

Chart of the Week: Keeping track of the world’s richest people

If you’ve ever woken up wondering “Is Bill Gates or Carlos Slim the world’s richest person today?”, Bloomberg’s new visualization of data on the 100 richest billionaires is for you.

Jul 18, 2013

Just what is the median age of the Senate, anyway?

Liz Cheney’s decision to challenge Sen. Mike Enzi for re-election sets up a primary contest where the main difference appears to be generational, not ideological: Cheney, the 46-year-old daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, and Enzi, Wyoming’s 69-year-old third-term senior senator, both are conservative Republicans. “I think that part of the problem in Washington […]

Jul 18, 2013

As population ages, more Americans becoming caregivers

Four in 10 U.S. adults are caring for a loved one with significant health issues.

Jul 17, 2013

Partisan polarization, in Congress and among public, is greater than ever

While the Senate appears to have reached a deal on executive-branch appointments that heads off a showdown over filibuster rules, the fact that the confrontation went as far as it did points up the increasingly polarized state of Congress. From immigration reform to food stamps to student loans, it almost seems as if congressional Republicans and Democrats inhabit […]

Jul 17, 2013

Near-even public split on military sexual-assault plan conceals partisan divisions

45% of Americans say Congress should change the law to address sexual-assault problems in the military.