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. 19, 2013

Obama, Bush and the ‘second-term curse’

Barack Obama and George Bush have at least one thing in common when it comes to the second terms they won — the first year of their encores have been downers when it came to their public images.

Fact Tank Dec. 19, 2013

Global inequality: How the U.S. compares

The U.S. has one of the most unequal income distributions among developed nations — even after taxes and transfer payments are taken into account.

Fact Tank Dec. 18, 2013

Public views on 20 big stories of 2013

What Americans thought about some of the biggest news stories of 2013.

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. 18, 2013

The many ways to measure economic inequality

From President Obama down to local minimum-wage ordinances, issues of economic inequality have been pushing their way back into the national conversation — particularly among Democrats. In a Bloomberg survey earlier this month, 71% of Democrats said the government should work to narrow the gap between rich and poor, while 68% of Republicans said the government should […]

Fact Tank Dec. 17, 2013

What ails America? Dr. Google can tell you

Dr. Google’s waiting room was crowded in 2013. Online search has become an easy way for people to learn more about what’s ailing them, either to self-diagnose or find a remedy.

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. 16, 2013

Liberal Democrats still approve of Obama, but many don’t feel strongly

President Obama continues to have sky-high job ratings among liberal Democrats — 90% approve and just 8% disapprove in Pew Research’s poll earlier this month. Their approval of his job performance is twice the rating given by the public as a whole (which rose slightly to 45% after steadily declining over six months). But many […]