Fact Tank Dec. 19, 2013

What do Americans like least about Christmas? Follow the money.

A third of Americans say commercialism is what they like least about the holidays.

Fact Tank Dec. 18, 2013

Public gives mixed marks to Bernanke

Roughly four-in-ten Americans expressed a favorable view of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in September.

Fact Tank Dec. 17, 2013

Snowden leaks seen as harming the public interest

More than half of Americans believe that Edward Snowden’s leaks about NSA surveillance programs have harmed the public interest.

Fact Tank Dec. 16, 2013

Compensation rises for college presidents

The median pay for 550 chief executives of private nonprofit colleges ticked up by 3% in 2011.

Fact Tank Dec. 13, 2013

Boehner takes on Tea Party at time when Republican views of him are more unfavorable

The point increase in unfavorable opinions of Rep. John Boehner since he became House Speaker.

Fact Tank Dec. 12, 2013

‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays’?

When asked about how stores should greet their customers over the holidays, 42% of Americans prefer “Merry Christmas,” 12% prefer “Happy Holidays” and 46% say it doesn’t matter.

Fact Tank Dec. 11, 2013

Lawmakers compromise on budget deal — and that’s what the public says it wants

About six-in-ten of Americans say they want lawmakers to be more willing to compromise on budget issues even if it meant they “reached a deal you disagreed with.”

Fact Tank Dec. 10, 2013

Regulators approve Volcker Rule, but public is split on financial regulation

About half of Americans think the government hasn’t gone far enough in regulating financial institutions following the 2007-08 financial crisis.

Fact Tank Dec. 9, 2013

Americans split on value of surveillance programs

Four-in-ten Americans believe the government’s phone and internet surveillance programs have made the U.S. safer against terrorism.

Fact Tank Dec. 6, 2013

Most U.S. Catholics call addressing clergy sex abuse a top priority

After Pope Francis was elected in March, 70% of U.S. Catholics said that addressing the abuse scandal should be “a top priority” for him.