Fact Tank Feb. 24, 2015

A college degree wasn’t always a ‘must’ for U.S. presidential candidates

If Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wins the Republican presidential nomination next year, he’ll be the first major-party nominee without a college degree since Barry Goldwater in 1964.

Feb. 23, 2015

6 facts about black Americans for Black History Month

Blacks have made progress on several fronts, including educational attainment and voting rates, but large gaps by race persist in areas such as wealth and poverty measures.

Feb. 20, 2015

Among LGBT Americans, bisexuals stand out when it comes to identity, acceptance

Compared with gay men and lesbians, bisexuals have a different perspective on their sexual orientation and a distinct set of experiences, a Pew Research survey found.

Fact Tank Feb. 19, 2015

Are Americans ready for Obama’s ‘middle class’ populism?

Trends in public opinion are in line with Obama’s agenda: The priority given to deficit reduction has slipped somewhat, while public support for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure has increased.

Fact Tank Feb. 19, 2015

The skills Americans say kids need to succeed in life

In a recent Pew Research survey, more respondents said communication skills were most important for children to have, followed by reading, math, teamwork, writing and logic. Science fell somewhere in the middle.

Fact Tank Feb. 18, 2015

European Millennials more likely than older generations to view China favorably

About half of young Europeans ages 18 to 33 have a positive view of China, but that view is tempered by their opinions about that country’s human rights record.

Fact Tank Feb. 16, 2015

Presidential job approval ratings from Ike to Obama

Perhaps no measure better captures the public’s sentiment toward the president than job approval. It dates back to the earliest days of public opinion polling, when George Gallup asked about Franklin D. Roosevelt starting in the 1930s.

Feb. 13, 2015

National Academies: Census survey data should be more user-friendly

The bureau should be paying more attention to the needs and opinions of the people and organizations that use its data, according to a recent report.

Fact Tank Feb. 13, 2015

From telegrams to Instagram, a look at presidents and technology

President Obama’s recent interviews with Buzzfeed and Vox, and his embrace of online news and social media more generally, stands in a long tradition of presidents employing novel communications technologies to speak to Americans directly.

Fact Tank Feb. 12, 2015

Almost all U.S. presidents have been Christians

Most of the U.S. presidents have been openly religious, with many belonging to some of the country’s most prominent Protestant denominations. The next largest group of presidents were affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.