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. 11, 2013

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?

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

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.

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. 9, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Dec. 6, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Dec. 6, 2013

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.

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.

Fact Tank Dec. 5, 2013

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 […]