Mar. 24, 2015

High-income Americans pay most income taxes, but enough to be ‘fair’?

By design, wealthier Americans pay most of the nation’s total individual income taxes.

Mar. 17, 2015

The fading of the green

The ranks of Americans who trace their ancestry back to Ireland – long one of the most prominent subgroups in American society – is slowly declining.

Mar. 16, 2015

Stock market leads recovery, but inflation cuts into gains

Americans recognize stocks as the feature of the economy that’s recovered the most strongly from the Great Recession. But inflation means the market’s gains aren’t quite as robust as they might first appear.

Mar. 11, 2015

Jobs situation looks brighter as employers seek to fill more positions

There were 1.8 unemployed people per job opening in January, another indicator of the improving jobs situation.

Mar. 2, 2015

Ahead of redistricting, Democrats seek to reverse statehouse declines

The national Democratic Party wants to regain some of the 900-plus state legislative seats Democrats have lost since 2009.

Feb. 26, 2015

5 facts about consistent conservatives

Our research on political polarization found that 9% of Americans, and 20% of Republicans and Republican leaners, express consistently conservative views.

Feb. 24, 2015

A college degree wasn’t always a ‘must’ for U.S. presidential candidates

If Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wins the Republican presidential nomination next year, he’ll be the first major-party nominee without a college degree since Barry Goldwater in 1964.

Feb. 13, 2015

From telegrams to Instagram, a look at presidents and technology

President Obama’s recent interviews with Buzzfeed and Vox, and his embrace of online news and social media more generally, stands in a long tradition of presidents employing novel communications technologies to speak to Americans directly.

Feb. 10, 2015

More openings and hires give Americans reason for greater job optimism

As openings and new hires hit levels not seen in years, more Americans say they’re hearing mostly good news about the jobs situation.

Feb. 6, 2015

Four signs of the improving U.S. jobs situation

The unemployment rate may get most of the attention, but why people are unemployed, and how long they’ve been out of work, can be just as telling about the state of the economy.