Fact Tank Nov. 22, 2013

50 years ago, America turned on the television

TV audience and survey data from the days immediately following JFK’s assassination show that Americans collectively tuned in to non-stop coverage that pioneered a new form of wall-to-wall television news delivery.

Fact Tank Nov. 22, 2013

Chart of the Week: Americans on the move

How to visualize American migration from state to state — without maps.

Fact Tank Nov. 22, 2013

Where were you when JFK was shot? Only 28.9% of Americans can answer that

Less than one-third of Americans were of age to recall personal memories from the day JFK was shot.

Fact Tank Nov. 22, 2013

Democrats’ support of health care law falls after rocky rollout

Support for the new health care law took a beating in November – particularly among Democrats – during a period when many Americans paid close attention to the heavy news coverage of its problem-plagued rollout, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking poll released today

Fact Tank Nov. 21, 2013

Confidence in government falls in much of the developed world

Confidence in government plunged in most developed countries in the wake of the global financial crisis, a new OECD report finds.

Fact Tank Nov. 21, 2013

First female marines graduate from corps’ grueling infantry course

Three entry-level enlisted women graduate today from the Marine Corps’ infantry training course, as military researches readiness of women for combat roles.

Fact Tank Nov. 21, 2013

JFK torchbearers now vote more Republican

Pew Research has tracked vote preference among different age cohorts in the past several presidential and midterm elections and looked at who was president when each cohort turned 18. By looking at likely voters from our pre-election surveys, we can see how each age cohort voted relative to the national average.

Fact Tank Nov. 20, 2013

Public has mixed views about government regulation of banks

About half of Americans believe the government has not gone far enough in regulating financial institutions, but a substantial segment of the public disagrees.

Fact Tank Nov. 20, 2013

States that allow same-sex marriage also provide protections for religious groups and clergy who oppose it

The battle over same-sex marriage has been about more than whether to allow gays and lesbians to wed. In every state where same-sex marriage is legal – including Illinois, which today became the 16th state to allow gays and lesbians to marry – politicians and others have also debated how to best protect religious freedom. […]

Fact Tank Nov. 20, 2013

Obamacare v. Philippines typhoon: How cable covered two big stories

In a week dominated by two mega-stories—the continuing travails of Obamacare and the devastating typhoon in the Philippines—America’s hypercompetitive cable news outlets exercised very different news judgments.