Fact Tank Jan. 14, 2015

Women have long history in Congress, but until recently there haven’t been many

A record 108 women are serving in the new House and Senate, but that’s still only a fifth of the total membership.

Fact Tank Jan. 14, 2015

French have positive views of both Jews, Muslims

A Pew Research Center survey conducted last year shows that the French held more favorable views of both Jews and Muslims than many other Europeans.

Fact Tank Jan. 12, 2015

Many in U.S. followed Charlie Hebdo story closely, but past terrorist incidents abroad drew more attention

The attack on the offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo claiming 12 lives was the most closely followed news in the U.S. last week, but interest in the story was not as high when compared with four previous terrorist incidents abroad.

Jan. 12, 2015

114th Congress is most diverse ever

Almost one-in-five members of the House and Senate are a racial or ethnic minority, making the 114th Congress the most diverse in history. However, Congress remains disproportionately white when compared with the U.S. population, which has grown increasingly diverse in recent decades.

Fact Tank Jan. 12, 2015

Will GOP-run Congress lead to more Obama vetoes? History suggests yes

Some political observers predict that Obama will be using his veto pen a lot more in his last two years in office than he did in the first six. Recent history indicates that presidents do veto more bills when both houses of Congress are controlled by the opposing party.

Fact Tank Jan. 9, 2015

A public opinion trend that matters: Priorities for gun policy

Surveys have found a shift in gun policy attitudes over time. Here’s a look at how public opinion on the subject is measured.

Fact Tank Jan. 9, 2015

5 facts about Catholicism in the Philippines

Next weekend, Pope Francis will make his first visit to the home of Asia’s largest Catholic population, the Philippines. The pontiff, who also will be making a stop in Sri Lanka, is very popular in the Philippines and should expect an enthusiastic welcome during his five-day visit. The Philippines’ Catholic majority has its origins in […]

Fact Tank Jan. 8, 2015

Americans agree on trade: Good for the country, but not great for jobs

Trade is shaping up as a major issue on the 2015 legislative agenda, with Congressional leaders and Obama suggesting bilateral cooperation on U.S. trade agendas. Indeed, a Pew Research Center survey suggests such bipartisan efforts also could find public support.

Fact Tank Jan. 8, 2015

Pope Francis is reshaping the geography of the College of Cardinals

In naming his second group of cardinals, Pope Francis has continued to shift the balance of Roman Catholic Church’s leadership away from the continent it has long called home.

Fact Tank Jan. 7, 2015

Pew Research will call more cellphones in 2015

An estimated 46.5% of U.S. adults are cell-only today. To keep pace with this trend, the Pew Research Center will increase the percentage of respondents interviewed on cellphones in its typical national telephone surveys to 65%.