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.”
How Pew Research measured the gender pay gap
Women earned 84 cents for every $1 made by men in 2012, according to a Pew Research report. But in October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that women earned 81 cents to the dollar. The difference is not large, but what gives?
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.
Like rest of the news industry, campus papers reach for new strategies
Many of the nation’s estimated 1,600 college newspapers are now experimenting with editorial and business innovations in the face of some of the same economic hardships that have hit the rest of the newspaper industry.
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.
Study on twins suggests our political beliefs may be hard-wired
Everyone knows that our genes predispose us to be tall or short, blue-eyed blonds or brown-eyed brunettes, smart or not-so-smart. Now new research finds that, to a surprisingly large degree, our genes also shape our political beliefs and orientation.
The U.S.’s high income gap is met with relatively low public concern
Public awareness of income inequality in the U.S. appears to be out of touch with existing income gaps in contrast to most other countries.
Chart of the Week: How South Africa changed, and didn’t, over Mandela’s lifetime
South Africa experienced tremendous political change during Nelson Mandela’s lifetime, but whites remain on top of the country’s economy.
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.
U.S. income inequality, on rise for decades, is now highest since 1928
President Obama took on a topic yesterday that most Americans don’t like to talk about much: inequality. There are a lot of ways to measure economic inequality (and we’ll be discussing more on Fact Tank), but one basic approach is to look at how much income flows to groups at different steps on the economic […]