Fact Tank Feb. 25, 2014

House set to lose six centuries of experience as Dingell, other long-serving members retire

The spate of congressional retirement announcements may seem like a lot but is within historical norms. But the retirement of several long-serving members likely will further reduce overall experience levels in both the House and Senate,

Fact Tank Feb. 25, 2014

Arizona bill sparks debate about religious objections to gay marriage

The bill would allow business owners to cite religious beliefs as a reason for denying services – including to same-sex couples – without fear of legal retribution.

Fact Tank Feb. 25, 2014

Venezuelans gloomy about their standard of living, nation’s economy

Just a third of Venezuelans say their standard of living is improving, a record low.

Fact Tank Feb. 25, 2014

Data Feed: Cheating on taxes, consumer confidence, foreign languages in U.S. cities

A daily roundup of fresh data from scholars, governments, think tanks, pollsters and other social science researchers.

Fact Tank Feb. 24, 2014

Plurality of Americans support current level of defense spending

A plurality of Americans say defense spending should be kept at current levels.

Fact Tank Feb. 24, 2014

Just 28% of Republicans believe GOP advocates its principles well

A minority of Republicans believe that their party is doing a good job in standing up for its traditional positions of smaller government, tax-cutting and conservative social values.

Fact Tank Feb. 24, 2014

Data Feed: Marijuana gains in Ohio, Maryland; more jobs for law-school grads; women’s commuting patterns

A daily roundup of fresh data from scholars, governments, think tanks, pollsters and other social science researchers.

Fact Tank Feb. 21, 2014

More hate crimes motivated by victims’ ethnicity

In about half of the cases of reported hate crimes, victims believed their ethnic background motivated the offender.

Fact Tank Feb. 21, 2014

Chart of the Week: How metro areas drive the U.S. economy

A handful of metropolitan areas generate the bulk of U.S. economic activity.

Fact Tank Feb. 21, 2014

Data Feed: Clinton’s public image, consumer spending and education, cat bites and depression

A daily roundup of fresh data from scholars, governments, think tanks, pollsters and other social science researchers.