Fact Tank Jan. 28, 2014

Obama’s approval number is near his lowest as he delivers State of the Union address

President Obama’s job approval rating stands at 43% as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address.

Fact Tank Jan. 24, 2014

Record number of deportations in 2012

Number of immigrants deported by U.S. authorities in fiscal year 2012—a record.

Fact Tank 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.

Fact Tank 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.

Fact Tank Jan. 17, 2014

On MLK Day, racial equality found wanting

Fewer than half of Americans said their country made a lot of progress toward racial equality in the past half century.

Fact Tank Jan. 16, 2014

The cost of giving birth varies widely

The median cost of an uncomplicated non-surgical delivery in California.

Fact Tank 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).

Fact Tank Jan. 13, 2014

Obama lags his predecessors in recess appointments

In his six years in office, Barack Obama has made 32 recess appointments to federal positions.

Fact Tank Jan. 10, 2014

Fewer Americans see cigarette smoking as a major public health problem

About half of Americans rank cigarette smoking as a serious public health problem.

Fact Tank Jan. 9, 2014

Americans with just basic cell phones are a dwindling breed

The share of Americans who have a basic cellular phone that is not a smartphone has dropped 33 percentage points since 2005.