Jun 12, 2014

The polarized Congress of today has its roots in the 1970s

You don’t have to look hard to see evidence of political polarization — just watch cable news, listen to talk radio or follow social-media debates. Indeed, a new Pew Research Center report finds that Americans are more ideologically polarized today than they’ve been in at least two decades. Their representatives in Congress are divided too, and have […]

Jun 6, 2014

Chart of the Week: How U.S. regained all its lost jobs, but still fell behind

The U.S. finally has more jobs than it did before the Great Recession, but that’s not nearly enough to keep pace with the growing population.

Jun 4, 2014

Want a three-car garage? You’re more likely to find it in the Midwest

A new Census report reveals interesting regional differences in the characteristics of newly built homes.

May 30, 2014

5 facts about today’s college graduates

Facts and figures about college graduates.

May 23, 2014

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?

May 22, 2014

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.

May 21, 2014

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 […]

May 19, 2014

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.

May 16, 2014

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.

May 15, 2014

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.