Fact Tank Dec. 31, 2013

As 2014 brings new state laws, a look at public opinion on the issues

Every new year means adding thousands of new state laws to the books. This year’s wide range includes everything from tanning bed age limits (Illinois), to a new ban on selling shark fins (Delaware). While most new laws represent incremental change, sometimes state laws can also signal broader movement on a public policy issue or […]

Fact Tank Dec. 31, 2013

New Year, new you?

More than four-in-ten Americans say they will make a New Year’s resolution.

Fact Tank Dec. 31, 2013

Americans’ foreign policy priorities for 2014

Protecting the U.S. from terrorist attacks and protecting American jobs are the two top foreign policy priorities for Americans in 2014.

Fact Tank Dec. 30, 2013

Russians say Islamic extremist groups are top concern

More than half of Russians say Islamic extremist groups are a major threat to their country.

Fact Tank Dec. 30, 2013

Which countries Americans like … and don’t

Americans have strongly favorable views of some allies and negative opinions about a range of others. Some of this is driven by U.S. partisan politics. And history suggests all such opinions are subject to change.

Fact Tank Dec. 27, 2013

Chart of the Week: Where the loss of unemployment benefits will hit

A map from the Washington Post shows the states where the expiration of unemployment benefits on Saturday will have the most impact.

Fact Tank Dec. 27, 2013

Over a quarter of internet users download or listen to podcasts

Pew Research Center polling shows that the podcast user base continues to expand. A May 2013 survey found 27% of internet users ages 18 and older download or listen to podcasts, up from 21% three years ago in May 2010 and 7% of internet users in 2006.

Fact Tank Dec. 27, 2013

Men more likely than women to compromise values for career success

Another possible explanation why there are so few cracks in the corporate glass ceiling.

Fact Tank Dec. 26, 2013

Obama had strong support from LGBT adults even before stance on Sochi Olympics

President Obama said the inclusion of openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia underscores American values. Obama and his administration had been viewed positively by LGBT Americans even before this most recent expression of support for LGBT rights.

Fact Tank Dec. 26, 2013

6 global challenges for 2014

Here are some data points that measure how the public in the U.S. and around the world see the challenges ahead for 2014.