Fact Tank May. 16, 2014

Public school enrollment disparities exist 60 years after historic desegregation ruling

Sixty years after the historic Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, schools are more integrated but white students are significantly less likely than minorities to attend diverse schools.

Fact Tank May. 16, 2014

Chart of the Week: Who really drinks the most?

The countries with the highest per-capita alcohol consumption don’t, as a rule, have the heaviest drinkers. Those tend to be in countries where alcohol is forbidden or strongly discouraged.

Fact Tank May. 16, 2014

As Jill Abramson exits the NY Times, a look at how women are faring in newsrooms

In the past 15 years, the percentage of women who work in newspaper newsrooms has barely budged. Women made up 36% of all newspaper staff in 2012, a slight decline from 37% in 1998.

Fact Tank May. 15, 2014

Latinos in the U.S. have a strong belief in the spirit world

More than half (57%) of Latinos in the U.S. said that people can be possessed by spirits, and 44% said magic, sorcery or witchcraft can influence people’s lives.

May. 15, 2014

By many measures, more borrowers struggling with student-loan payments

More people are having trouble keeping up with their student-loan payments than in years past, several studies show.

Fact Tank May. 15, 2014

Veterans Administration critics include the soldiers who served in post-9/11 wars

Asked whether the VA put enough focus on post-9/11 war veterans compared to its treatment of previous generations of veterans, half of those who served in Iraq or Afghanistan said the treatment they got was about the right amount while 44% said it was not enough.

Fact Tank May. 15, 2014

Net neutrality: A made-for-web debate

The complex issue of net neutrality is not likely to be dinner conversation for many in the U.S. Still, the Federal Communications Commission vote expected today could dramatically impact the flow of digital content Americans receive, not to mention the bottom line for many major U.S. technology and content companies. So, where could the public […]

Fact Tank May. 14, 2014

In Europe, sentiment against immigrants, minorities runs high

As the EU prepares for next week’s European Parliament elections, anti-immigrant and anti-minority sentiments are running high, providing a base for anti-immigration appeals by the political Right.

Fact Tank May. 14, 2014

15 states with the highest share of immigrants in their population

A sharp rise in the number of immigrants living in the U.S. in recent decades serves as a backdrop for the debate in Congress over the nation’s immigration policies. In 1990, the U.S. had 19.8 million immigrants. That number rose to a record 40.7 million immigrants in 2012, among them 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants. 

May. 14, 2014

5 key findings about student debt

A record 37% of young households had outstanding student loans in 2010 and a median student debt of $13,000.