What the world thinks about economic opportunity and inequality
People in emerging and developing nations are optimistic about the financial future of their children. It’s a different story in richer nations, where most believe prospects for the next generation are grim.
For most workers, real wages have barely budged for decades
For most U.S. workers, inflation-adjusted wages have been flat or falling for decades, regardless of whether the economy has been adding or subtracting jobs. The $4.03-an-hour rate recorded in January 1973 has the same purchasing power as $22.41 would today.
For many Americans, a ‘meh’ midterm
Midterm elections rarely excite the general public, but 2014 is shaping up to be an especially underwhelming cycle for many Americans.
Blacks are lukewarm to gay marriage, but most say businesses must provide wedding services to gay couples
African Americans remain less likely than white Americans to support same-sex marriage, as has been the case for several years. But at the same time, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that a majority of blacks – a significantly bigger share than among whites – say that wedding-related businesses, such as caterers or florists, […]
What today’s Supreme Court decision means for gay marriage
Today’s decision settles the issue in some states, but it has not ended the battle over same-sex marriage.
Supreme Court to decide whether inmates have religious right to grow beards
The court will determine whether prison officials may prohibit or limit a Muslim inmate from growing a beard, which many Muslims believe is required by their faith.
Who’s in charge of the Fed? Don’t bank on public knowing the answer
Just 24% of Americans can correctly pick out Janet Yellen — from a list of four — as the chair of the Federal Reserve Board.
How’s the job market? Ups, downs of public sentiment mirror official stats
Americans have a good general sense of the relative strength of the job market, even if they’re fuzzy on specifics such as the unemployment rate.
Vatican synod on family highlights discord between church teachings and U.S. Catholics’ views
A Vatican synod on the family comes at a time when most American Catholics say they disagree with their church’s teachings on issues such as birth control and divorce.
U.S. deportations of immigrants reach record high in 2013
The Obama administration deported a record 438,421 unauthorized immigrants in fiscal year 2013, continuing a streak of stepped up enforcement that has resulted in 2 million deportations since Obama took office.