Fact Tank Nov. 7, 2014

Why can’t we all get along? Challenges ahead for bipartisan cooperation

President Obama meets Friday with Republican leaders after their election day victories to talk about cooperation on key issues. We review the public opinion challenges facing both parties in any quest for bipartisanship.

Fact Tank Nov. 7, 2014

At APEC: Americans, Japanese are most skeptical that trade leads to more jobs

The Japanese (69%) and Americans (68%) are among the least convinced in APEC countries that trade is good for their nation. They are also far less convinced – Americans 20%, Japanese 15% – that international commerce generates jobs.

Fact Tank Nov. 7, 2014

Inequality, joblessness are top threats in 2015, World Economic Forum experts say

Growing economic inequality, increasing joblessness, global pollution and severe weather events are among the world’s most pressing threats experts say.

Fact Tank Nov. 6, 2014

The number of U.S. Catholics has grown, so why are there fewer parishes?

A recent decision by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York to effectively close dozens of churches in the coming months falls in line with a larger nationwide trend of Catholic parish closures.

Fact Tank Nov. 6, 2014

East Germans now as satisfied with life as West Germans

Twenty five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germans are now as satisfied with life as West Germans.

Fact Tank Nov. 5, 2014

Making more than minimum wage, but less than $10.10 an hour

Last year an estimated 20.6 million people — 30% of all hourly, non-self-employed workers aged 18 and older in the U.S. — earned above the applicable minimum wage in their state but less than the proposed $10.10/hour minimum.

Fact Tank Nov. 5, 2014

As GOP celebrates win, no sign of narrowing gender, age gaps

The overall vote share is similar to the 2010 midterm elections, and many of the key demographic divides in 2010 — particularly wide gender and age gaps — remain.

Fact Tank Nov. 5, 2014

6 facts about marijuana

A new Pew Research Center survey on the nation’s drug policies found a continued support for legalizing marijuana. These are six key facts on views about the issue.

Fact Tank Nov. 4, 2014

Why measuring the demographics of voters on Election Day is difficult

The two primary sources that provide insight into voter demographics use different methodologies, are released at different times, and often produce slightly different results.

Fact Tank Nov. 4, 2014

No matter how tight the race, midterm voter turnout likely to remain lackluster

If history is any guide, well under half of eligible voters will come out to vote in Tuesday’s midterms.