Chart of the Week: Is food too cheap for our own good?
Americans spend less on food than they ever have, and are fatter than they’ve ever been. Could there be a connection?
Fancy degree? Most Americans say it’s not required to be president
Recent presidents and presidential candidates have tended to have elite college educations — a fact that doesn’t appear to bother many Americans.
In honor of Fact Tank’s 1st birthday, a data quiz just for you
A year ago today, the Pew Research Center launched Fact Tank, our very own data blog. Why? Because even though Pew Research publishes lots of reports, we still have a lot of data that are relevant to the things people are talking about in the news, online and with their friends, and we wanted to be […]
32 years ago, experts foresaw much of today’s digital world
In 1982, researchers studying the impact of nascent electronic-information services predicted much of what has since become commonplace.
Chart of the Week: Who really drinks the most?
The countries with the highest per-capita alcohol consumption don’t, as a rule, have the heaviest drinkers. Those tend to be in countries where alcohol is forbidden or strongly discouraged.
By many measures, more borrowers struggling with student-loan payments
More people are having trouble keeping up with their student-loan payments than in years past, several studies show.
More than a decade later, 9/11 attacks continue to resonate with Americans
As the National September 11 Memorial Museum prepares to open, a look at how Americans view the 2001 attacks and their legacy for the country.
Chart of the Week: Climate change is already here
Average temperatures have risen over the past century in nearly every part of the U.S. outside the Deep South.
Americans still sour on the economy despite falling unemployment
Americans’ assessment of the economy appears to be at odds with official unemployment statistics. But looking more deeply at job openings, hires and quits can help explain the disconnect.
Chart of the Week: How America’s poor can still be rich in stuff
While most manufactured goods are considerably cheaper than they were three decades ago, many key services are much more expensive — contributing to the paradox of greater material abundance among even poor Americans.