Feb. 4, 2016

What Americans say it takes to be middle class

The vast majority of American adults agree that a secure job and the ability to save money for the future are essential. But one thing is now less likely to be seen as a requirement: a college education.

Fact Tank Feb. 4, 2016

Contested presidential conventions, and why parties try to avoid them

There hasn’t been a seriously contested nominating convention in decades, and a look at history helps explain why: Candidates who needed multiple ballots to get nominated usually didn’t go on to win the White House.

Feb. 3, 2016

Homeland Security produces first estimate of foreign visitors to U.S. who overstay deadline to leave

Out of 45 million U.S. arrivals by air and sea whose tourist or business visas expired in fiscal 2015, the agency estimates that about 416,500 people were still in the country this year.

Feb. 3, 2016

2016 electorate will be the most diverse in U.S. history

Nearly one-in-three eligible voters on Election Day (31%) will be Hispanic, black, Asian or another racial or ethnic minority.

Fact Tank Jan. 29, 2016

More Americans using smartphones for getting directions, streaming TV

Smartphone use that goes beyond routine calls and text messages does not appear to be slowing.

Fact Tank Jan. 28, 2016

Contentious Republican debates lure many Democrats to tune in

While a majority of Americans have watched at least one of the debates for the 2016 presidential election, there are striking differences between parties when it comes to which side’s debates people are watching.

Fact Tank Jan. 28, 2016

Partisan divide grows over value of Washington experience

With the first 2016 nomination contests at hand, a new survey underscores the extent to which Republicans have come to place less value on a presidential candidate’s prior experience in office – especially experience as a Washington official.

Fact Tank Jan. 28, 2016

Is Hillary Clinton religious? Republicans and Democrats have far different views

If Hillary Clinton ends up being the Democratic Party’s nominee for president, her politics won’t be the only thing many Republicans and Democrats disagree about during the coming campaign.

Jan. 28, 2016

Millions of young people in U.S. and EU are neither working nor learning

More than six years after the Great Recession ended, almost 10.2 million teens and young adults in the U.S. are neither working nor in school.

Fact Tank Jan. 27, 2016

Crowdfunding enables diverse new frontier for journalism projects

Though the revenue involved and amount of content produced are nowhere near what comes through the more mainstream media, crowdfunding can help bring to reality work that might otherwise not see the light of day.