Fact Tank Nov. 12, 2014

Facebook and Twitter as political forums: Two different dynamics

Social media users who are interested in politics have different experiences on Facebook and Twitter, with four-in-ten Twitter users saying that at least half of the posts that they see are political, compared with about a quarter of Facebook users who say the same.

Fact Tank Nov. 12, 2014

Unrest in the Middle East taking a toll on people’s outlooks

The pervasive conflicts that have gripped the Middle East over recent years have also taken a serious toll on the outlook of people across the region.

Fact Tank Nov. 10, 2014

You don’t really have to know a news outlet to trust (or distrust) it

People have views about whether they trust a news organization, even if they haven’t recently spent time with it.

Fact Tank Nov. 10, 2014

5 takeaways about the 2014 Latino vote

Would Latinos turn out to vote in greater numbers this year? Would the lack of action on immigration reform by President Obama and Congress depress voter turnout, or raise it? Here are five takeaways about Latino voters in this year’s midterm elections.

Fact Tank Nov. 8, 2014

With 41% of global wealth in the hands of less than 1%, elites and citizens agree inequality is a top priority

People with a net worth of more than $1 million represent just 0.7% of the global population, but they have 41% of the world’s wealth. Meanwhile, those with a net worth of less than $10,000 represent 69% of the population, but just 3% of global wealth.

Fact Tank Nov. 7, 2014

Employment, unemployment and underemployment: Different stories from the jobs numbers

When the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its monthly data about employment, the lion’s share of the attention goes to one figure — the unemployment rate. But that’s not the only or best indicator of where the economy stands.

Fact Tank Nov. 7, 2014

Why can’t we all get along? Challenges ahead for bipartisan cooperation

President Obama meets Friday with Republican leaders after their election day victories to talk about cooperation on key issues. We review the public opinion challenges facing both parties in any quest for bipartisanship.

Fact Tank Nov. 7, 2014

At APEC: Americans, Japanese are most skeptical that trade leads to more jobs

The Japanese (69%) and Americans (68%) are among the least convinced in APEC countries that trade is good for their nation. They are also far less convinced – Americans 20%, Japanese 15% – that international commerce generates jobs.

Fact Tank Nov. 7, 2014

Inequality, joblessness are top threats in 2015, World Economic Forum experts say

Growing economic inequality, increasing joblessness, global pollution and severe weather events are among the world’s most pressing threats experts say.

Fact Tank Nov. 6, 2014

The number of U.S. Catholics has grown, so why are there fewer parishes?

A recent decision by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York to effectively close dozens of churches in the coming months falls in line with a larger nationwide trend of Catholic parish closures.