Mar 28, 2014

Chart of the Week: The increasing number of executions around the world

Although capital punishment is practiced in only a relative handful of countries (140 countries have abolished it in law or in practice, according to Amnesty International), there were nearly 100 more executions around the world last year than in 2012, a 14% increase. The chart above, created by The Economist based on Amnesty’s data, graphically […]

Mar 28, 2014

Lower support for death penalty tracks with falling crime rates, more exonerations

Over the past half-century, public support for the death penalty has generally tracked increases and declines in rates of violent crime.

Mar 21, 2014

Chart of the Week: Do firefighters or musicians have richer parents?

How people’s incomes and jobs as adults compare with the households they grew up in.

Mar 14, 2014

Chart of the Week: The ever-accelerating rate of technology adoption

The World Wide Web, first conceived of 25 years ago this week, has been adopted by American society in record time.

Mar 12, 2014

How U.S. tech-sector jobs have grown, changed in 15 years

How many people work in the U.S. tech sector? A simple question with a complicated answer.

Mar 7, 2014

Chart of the Week: Where international migrants are going to and coming from

Interactive map of emigration and immigration worldwide.

Mar 7, 2014

Live blog: Generations in the Next America

The Pew Research Center is hosting a conference to discuss how generational differences are influencing American families, society, politics and policy.

Mar 5, 2014

Public’s anti-incumbent mood hasn’t always predicted big electoral swings

Despite surveys showing anti-incumbent sentiments at or near all-time highs, most members of Congress appear to have little to worry about.

Feb 28, 2014

Chart of the Week: The decline of Yiddish, the rise of Tagalog

Spanish continues to be the most commonly spoken non-English language in the U.S., but other languages have risen and fallen in popularity — sometimes dramatically — over the past three decades.

Feb 25, 2014

House set to lose six centuries of experience as Dingell, other long-serving members retire

The spate of congressional retirement announcements may seem like a lot but is within historical norms. But the retirement of several long-serving members likely will further reduce overall experience levels in both the House and Senate,