Fact Tank Dec. 11, 2014

Retailers still rely on holiday sales, but not quite as much as they used to

Sales at many retailers spike during the year-end holiday season, but holiday sales overall are a bit less significant than they were two decades ago.

Fact Tank Dec. 11, 2014

Texas tops list of states where this year’s unaccompanied child migrants ended up

One-in-three (36%) of the nearly 54,000 unaccompanied children released to sponsors over the past year after their apprehension by immigration authorities have been placed in homes in three states – Texas, New York and California.

Fact Tank Dec. 10, 2014

The New Republic and the state of niche news magazines

The data suggest that the New Republic have a tough road ahead, with single-copy newsstand sales falling in 2013 and 2014.

Fact Tank Dec. 9, 2014

Americans’ views on use of torture in fighting terrorism have been mixed

In August 2011, 53% of Americans said the use of torture to question suspected terrorists could be often or sometimes justified, while 42% said it could only rarely be justified or not justified at all.

Fact Tank Dec. 9, 2014

How the 1986 immigration law compares with Obama’s program

As the federal government gears up to offer deportation relief to about 4 million unauthorized immigrants, it’s worth looking back to 1986, when a new law established what was then the biggest legalization and citizenship process in U.S. history.

Fact Tank Dec. 8, 2014

On religion, Mexicans are more Catholic and often more traditional than Mexican Americans

Majorities of both groups self-identify as Catholic, but the percentage of Catholics is 20 percentage points higher among Mexicans (81%) than among Mexican Americans (61%).

Fact Tank Dec. 8, 2014

Many U.S. congregations are still racially segregated, but things are changing

While the degree of racial segregation within religious congregations remains high, some houses of worship in the U.S. have become more diverse in recent years, according to a National Congregations study.

Fact Tank Dec. 5, 2014

If original DACA program is a guide, many eligible immigrants will apply for deportation relief

So far, about 702,000 unauthorized immigrants have had their applications accepted for review since the program began in August 2012, according to government data. Of the applicants, 87% have been approved for the renewable two-year permits.

Fact Tank Dec. 5, 2014

For retailers, the holidays mean a hiring binge — and then a purge

Retail is one of the more seasonally variable sectors of the U.S. economy, but much of the holiday hiring surge is concentrated in just a handful of categories.

Fact Tank Dec. 4, 2014

Global worries about corruption are on the rise

Across 34 emerging and developing economies, a median of 76% say corrupt political leaders are a very big problem in their country. Yet, not many people in these nations say giving bribes is essential for getting ahead in life.