Fact Tank Oct. 16, 2014

What is the greatest threat to the world? Depends on where you live

Prior to the most recent Ebola outbreak in the western parts of the continent, a median of 32% across the seven African nations polled feared infectious disease as the top danger. In the Middle East, the top danger is ethnic and religious hatred.

Fact Tank Oct. 16, 2014

Young U.S. Catholics overwhelmingly accepting of homosexuality

The Roman Catholic Church signaled a more accepting stance toward gay people in a report bishops released during the Vatican’s synod on the family this week, a position already embraced by a majority of American Catholics, particularly younger adults.

Fact Tank Oct. 15, 2014

Romney (again) in 2016? That would be unusual, but not unprecedented

Only nine major-party candidates have won a second presidential nomination after losing a previous election, and only four of those won the second time around.

Fact Tank Oct. 15, 2014

Gay marriage arrives in the South, where the public is less enthused

Nationwide, 52% of Americans support gay marriage. In the South, 44% of people support gay marriage – well below the East (61%), West (58%) and Midwest (52%).

Fact Tank Oct. 14, 2014

Media coverage of the 2016 presidential race heats up

Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have received more media coverage than other potential 2016 presidential candidates, as of September 2014.

Fact Tank Oct. 10, 2014

Most Pakistanis agree with Malala on educating girls

Most Pakistanis agree with importance of educating girls as advocated by Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

Fact Tank Oct. 10, 2014

China’s government may be communist, but its people embrace capitalism

China’s incredible economic expansion has led the Chinese to be overwhelmingly happy with their economic situation and optimistic about their future, but there are underlying complaints about inflation, inequality and corruption.

Fact Tank Oct. 9, 2014

Cutbacks at CNN highlight the cable news paradox

In terms of TV viewership, cable news peaked as a medium around the 2008 presidential election and, while showing impressive potential in digital, the business model is uncertain.

Fact Tank Oct. 9, 2014

What the world thinks about economic opportunity and inequality

People in emerging and developing nations are optimistic about the financial future of their children. It’s a different story in richer nations, where most believe prospects for the next generation are grim.

Fact Tank Oct. 9, 2014

For most workers, real wages have barely budged for decades

For most U.S. workers, inflation-adjusted wages have been flat or falling for decades, regardless of whether the economy has been adding or subtracting jobs. The $4.03-an-hour rate recorded in January 1973 has the same purchasing power as $22.41 would today.