Jan 27, 2014

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.

Jan 24, 2014

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.”

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

Higher education long has been seen as one of the best ways out of poverty, but connecting low-income students — even the high-achieving ones who presumably are best prepared for college-level work — with colleges and universities remains a challenge. On Thursday, President Obama is expected to meet with more than 100 college presidents at […]

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).